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Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel Head to Baltimore Comic Con

Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel, the creative dynamos who engineered the Vertigo hit Breathaker, created the pioneering Blood of the Innocent mini-series, and developed the acclaimed First Comics series Mars, will lead a full roster of Insight Studios creators and guests to the Baltimore Comic-Con, September 28-30, 2018 in Booth #118 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Wheatley and Hempel have been highly successful collaborators, including work on TarzanJonny QuestTitanic Tales, and Doctor Cyborg, as well as their recent full restoration of their acclaimed graphic novel Breathtaker, originally serialized and then collected into a best-selling trade paperback by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, which is forthcoming from Titan Comics.

This is the nineteenth annual Baltimore Comic-Con and this marks Insight Studios Groups’ nineteenth consecutive appearance at the show. This time, the talent roster includes writer-director-graphic novelist Robert Tinnell (Feast of the Seven Fishes), writer G. D. Falksen (Doctor Cthulittle), writer-director-graphic novelist Mark Redfield (Vampire Hunters Incorporated), industry veteran Mike Gold (longtime First Comics and DC editor), ComicMix’s Glenn Hauman (They Keep Killing Glenn), and Evelyn Kriete (Hullabaloo).

On his own, Mark Wheatley has most recently illustrated and co-developed Doctor Cthulittle, the lavishly illustrated, deluxe hardcover which originated as a successful Kickstarter project, with studio mate G. D. Falksen (this show marks their first appearance together since its release). His other most recent work includes supplying art for prose books such as the special signed limited edition of Swords Against the Moon Men, the Philip Jose Farmer series novel Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time, and a wide variety new art prints, which he will have for sale at the booth.

Over the past few years, his work for CBS Television was featured on The Millers and Super Clyde, while he’s also developed a live stage show featuring Dick Tracy, Tarzan, and the Green Hornet. In print, his work has been featured in the acclaimed Jungle Tales Of Tarzanfrom Dark Horse Comics. With a track record that includes Frankenstein MobsterRadical DreamerReturn of the HumanHammer of the GodsEZ StreetSkultar, and Lone Justice, Wheatley is an Inkpot, Mucker, Gem, Speakeasy, and Eisner award-winning creator. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, created set pieces for The Black Eyed Peas, designed for Lady Gaga, and contributed designs to ABC’s Beauty and the Beast.

“America’s Most Beloved Semi-Obscure Cartoonist,” writer-illustrator Marc Hempel, grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and now resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he plies his craft on such diverse projects ranging from his own GregoryTug & Buster, and Naked Brain to Disney Adventures, and from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser to “The Kindly Ones” in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman.

Hempel’s art has also appeared in MADMarvel FanfareEpic IllustratedHeavy MetalFlinchMy Faith in FrankieThe DreamingLuciferMunden’s BarNickelodeon Magazine, and a 21-page Escapist story for Dark Horse Comics. His series The Love Brothers has appeared in Aces Weekly.

Robert Tinnell is a writer-director-producer with experience in a variety of media. He most recently adapted his Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel, Feast Of The Seven Fishes, into a feature film starring Madison Iseman, Skyler Gisondo, Joe Pantoliano, and Paul Ben- Victor. In late 2017, he produced the feature film Back Fork for writer/director/star Josh Stewart. Tinnell’s initial claim to fame was as producer on the notorious cult class Surf Nazis Must Die and as a producer of music videos, including the class MTV Award-winner, Straight Up by Paula Abdul. Outside of the film industry, Tinnell is a well-respected graphic novelist, known for such works as The Black ForestThe Wicked WestSight Unseen, and Flesh And Blood, in addition to Feast Of The Seven Fishes. He also collaborated with Mark Wheatley on two volumes of Lone Justice and EZ Street.

G. D. Falksen is an author, lecturer, public speaker, and MC. He also studies history and has consulted for Disney. He is the author of The Ouroboros Cycle series and The Transatlantic Conspiracy, a YA mystery novel from Soho Teen. Other fiction includes The Strange Case of Mr. Salad MondayCinema UAn Unfortunate Engagement, and The Mask of Tezcatlipoca. He is also a voice actor and co-writer for the animated film Hullabaloo and an accompanying educational series titled Ask The Professor.

Mark Redfield is an actor, writer, producer, director, and artist who has been acting and directing professionally in theater and film since 1981. He is currently developing a new script, revising a novel, recording AudioBooks and AudioDrama, editing a film, and painting new pictures. A cartoonist who also designs sets for television and theater, his new work is shown in galleries, and appears weekly for sale at MarkRedfieldArt.com. His films include indie features such as the award-winning Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde(2002), Cold Harbor (2003) and The Death of Poe(2006). He is the co-creator & co-writer, with Stuart Voytilla, of the Vampire Hunters Incorporated series, which will make the leap from prose to graphic novel series in 2019. A voice actor who has hundreds of commercial, narration, audio book, and video game credits, he produces original audio and radio drama with RedfieldArtsAudio.com and distributes titles on CDBaby, ITunes, and Audible, as well as on CD and LP.

Former First Comics and DC Comics editor Mike Goldhosts and performs the weekly two- hour Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind ass-kicking rock, blues, and blather radio show on The Point, www.getthepointradio.com and on iNetRadio (search: Hit Oldies) every Sunday at 7:00 PM Eastern, rebroadcast three times during the week. Check www.getthepointradio.com above for times and on-demand streaming information.

ComicMix head-honcho Glenn Hauman writes, edits, colors comics, designs websites, designs books, performs marriages, reaches things on high shelves, changes lightbulbs, bats right, snores loud, sings baritenor, draws to inside straights, drinks too much DMD, and stays up waaay too late at night. People keep trying to kill him, as they do in the anthology They Keep Killing Glenn. You can find out more at Glennhauman.com, or ComicMix.com.

Evelyn Kriete is an editor, producer, artist, stylist, marketing adviser, social media strategist, and new media coordinator. She is also a crowdfunding consultant for Indiegogo and Comicmix. Through crowdfunding, she has raised over $1 million for various projects, including the animated film Hullabaloo, which she is producing alongside film creator James Lopez. She has previously worked on the staff of literary publications such as Weird Tales and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine.

AfterShock Heads to Baltimore Comic Con with Exclusives, Signings, a Panel and More!

AfterShock Comics returns to the Charm City for the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con, September 28-30, with lots of exclusive content and opportunities for comics enthusiasts.

Represented on-site by Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Joe Pruett, SVP of Sales and Marketing Steve Rotterdam, Retailer/Fan Relations Manager Lisa Y. Wu and other team members, AfterShock Comics will be located at Booth #2004 on the floor of the Baltimore Convention Center.

Special guest and renowned artist Shawn Martinbrough will also be on hand at AfterShock’s booth to sign the official Baltimore Comic-Con variant of The Lollipop Kids #1, written by Adam Glass and Aidan Glass, with an exclusive cover created by Shawn just for the convention.

Additional Baltimore Comic-Con exclusive variants include Beyonders #1, with cover by Rafael De Latorre, and The Lollipop Kids #1, with cover by Patrick Olliffe.

On Sunday, September 30, from 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm in Room 343-344, AfterShock will present a behind-the-scenes panel entitled Shaking Things Up – The Latest Rumblings from AfterShock Comics. Attendees will get a sneak peek at the stories and projects that are shattering expectations among comics fans and building industry-wide anticipation now and for the foreseeable future.

Fans will also have a rare opportunity to get their hands on an even rarer AfterShock Mystery Box, a guaranteed value of close to $200, for only $75.

Action Lab Heads to Baltimore Comic Con with Exclusives and More

Action Lab Entertainment will be at Baltimore Comic-Con booths 2008-2009, with two titles – The Consultant and Spencer & Locke – nominated for Ringo Awards at the show. They’ll also have two Baltimore Comic-Con exclusive variants (seen below), along with other offerings for both all-age fans and mature readers.

NULL FAERIES #1

Writer(s): Chad Cicconi
Artist Name(s): Chad Cicconi (pencils, inks), Eddy Swan (colors), Adam Wollett (letters)
Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 Exclusive Cover – Chad Cicconi

Limited to 25 copies

Ionantha Hesperis was the greatest of all the Queen’s Harvester Faeries when she was felled by a cursed Fey blade and stripped of her magic powers. Forgotten, but bitterfly refusing to die, she learned to exist on cunning – an aging mortal within an immortal society fueled by magic she could no longer taste. But when the queen’s pixie dust shipment is hijacked, putting the entire magical economy at risk, Ionantha is summoned into service once more and tasked by a vengeful Queen with solving the case of the century.

ZOMBIE TRAMP #53

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza 
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 Exclusive – Chad Cicconi
Limited to 80 regular copies and 80 risqué
 copies

With Janey still apparently dead, her right-hand man Oscar must go on a quest to figure out how to bring the Zombie Tramp back!

AHOY Comics Makes Their First Ever Appearance at Baltimore Comic Con

AHOY Comics — the startup publisher that has been asking readers to “expect more” from its comic book magazine format — is making its first ever appearance at Baltimore Comic-Con to promote the upcoming anthology series Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror and its new publishing initiative that features traditional, full-length comic book stories accompanied by extra material, including prose fiction, poetry, cartoon gags, and traditional comic book back-up stories.

The startup company is the brainchild of Publisher Hart Seely, an award-winning reporter whose humor and satire has appeared in The New York Times and on National Public Radio; two original editors of DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, Tom Peyer and Stuart Moore; and Chief Creative Officer Frank Cammuso. The company is publishing two titles this month, The Wrong Earth and High Heaven, followed by Captain Ginger and Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror in October. Baltimore Comic-Con will be the new company’s first ever convention appearance.

Peyer will be joined at the convention by AHOY Comics “Dark Ops” Manager and Captain Ginger co-creator Stuart Moore, artist Jamal Igle of The Wrong Earth, and June Brigman and Roy Richardson, the artists of Captain Ginger, the upcoming space odyssey in which the human race has died out and cats have inherited the Earth (or, well, at least one starship).

Fans who want to meet the AHOY Comics founders “in the inevitably disappointing flesh” can attend their panel and visit the AHOY Comics booth (#2017):

Friday, September 28th to Sunday September 30th.
Panel: Saturday 4-5PM ET
AHOY Comics launches in Sept/Oct with an impressive list of creators, a sharp sense of humor, and some unexpected extras: prose fiction, poetry and satire! Now meet the AHOY crew in the *shudder* flesh! Writer/editors Tom Peyer and Stuart Moore join artists Jamal IgleJune Brigman, and Roy Richardson, plus designer/letterer Todd Klein and cartoonist Frank Cammuso. Preview the twisted afterlife of High Heaven, the space-cats of Captain Ginger, the jumbled heroes of The Wrong Earth, and Baltimore‘s own Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror!

BOOM! is Heading to Baltimore Comic Con 2018 with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Convention Exclusives

BOOM! Studios announced today it will return to Baltimore Comic-Con, to be held at the Baltimore Convention Center from September 28-30.

The publisher will once again occupy booth #2001, bringing with them special guests including Marguerite Bennett along with 2018 Eisner Award-nominated creators Sean Rubin and Phillip Kennedy Johnson who will be signing at the booth throughout the weekend.

Two new exclusive variant covers will also debut at the convention, including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #31 Convention Exclusive by French Carlomagno, priced at $20.00 and limited to 250 units and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Shattered Grid #1 Convention Exclusive by French Carlomagno, priced at $20.00 and limited to 250 units.

BOOM! Studios is also sponsoring the 2nd Annual Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards, colloquially known as the Ringo Awards. Top honors will be announced at an awards ceremony on Saturday, September 29, 2018 as part of the Baltimore Comic-Con. The publisher has 7 nominations this year.

Dinco D Comes to the Baltimore Comic-Con 2018

Head to the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con at the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 28-30, 2018. Your VIP, General Admission, Fan Package, and Ringo Award tickets are now available for purchase using a credit or debit card. The Baltimore Comic-Con has announced the addition of Dinco D to the show Saturday and Sunday.

At the dawning golden era of hip hop, Dinco D got his start with Leaders of The New School (LONS) with group members Busta Rhymes and Charlie Brown. They got their first break opening for Public Enemy. These three Uniondale, Long Island boys were soon topping the charts with hits like What’s NextCase of that PTA, and Scenario with A Tribe Called Quest. Their debut album reached #66 on the Billboard charts and #15 in the R&B/Hip Hop categories. Some of their singles reached #1 on the hip hop charts.

In the early 90’s, Dinco D and LONS were all over mainstream media, making appearances on Arsenio HallYo MTV RAPS, and countless other prime-time television appearances. The group split off and began to pursue solo careers in the mid 90’s. Dinco, Charlie, and Busta last collaborated on Busta’s debut album The Coming on the track Keep It Moving. However, they have reunited for select performances, like the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival in 2012.

Dinco’s energetic and outrageous style that he is famed for hasn’t changed a bit and keeps him busy. He is always in the studio working on collaborations, touring, performing on stages large and small, and putting out mix tapes. His true school style is seeing a renaissance in the hip hop industry today, and he continues to inspire the up-and-comers and truly be a leader!

Dinco will join veteran comics artist Rob Stull for a special limited-edition signing, promoting their creator-owned collaboration project!

Twin Peaks and Titans’ Sherilyn Fenn is Coming to Baltimore Comic Con

Don’t miss the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con returning to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 28-30, 2018. Purchase your VIP, General Admission, Fan Package, and Ringo Award tickets online now. The Baltimore Comic-Con ha announced the addition of Sherilyn Fenn to the show FridaySaturday, and Sunday.

Sherilyn Fenn will be appearing at the Baltimore Comic-Con just weeks ahead of her premiere in the DC Universe series, Titans, where Sherilyn is appearing in the role of Raven’s mother. Titans will premiere Oct 12, 2018.

Sherilyn Fenn will always be best remembered for her iconic role of Audrey Horne in the groundbreaking Twin Peaks. She also returned for last year’s Twin Peaksrevival on Showtime, where her dance scene was named as the best musical moment on television for 2017 by Vulture. But Sherilyn has enjoyed a 30+ year career in Hollywood, including memorable roles on the series ShamelessRay DonovanGilmore Girls, and Rude Awakenings, and in films like the recent horror film Wish UponOf Mice and Men, and the cult classics Two Moon Junction and The Wraith.

Sherilyn currently has a recurring role on the hit CBS series S.W.A.T. and also has also has a small but important role in the upcoming live-action Teen Titans TV series Titans, where she plays the mother of Raven. She is currently filming the biopic of silent film-era heartthrob Rudolph Valentino, Silent Life. Ms. Fenn has also recently published her first children’s book called No Man’s Land, which tells the story of a child on the autism spectrum.

Valiant Sails into Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 with Exclusives, Panels, and More!

There are only a few short weeks before Baltimore Comic-Con, and Valiant is poised to take Maryland’s biggest pop culture convention by storm with a sensational slate of panels, signings, and more – starting with the publisher’s limited-edition exclusives!

From Friday, September 28th through Sunday, September 30th, stop by Booth #2006 inside the Baltimore Convention Center to discover why Valiant is one of the most critically acclaimed publishers in the comic book industry with a robust selection of trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers!

While you’re there, be sure to check out Valiant’s highly limited Baltimore-exclusive offerings!

First up, don’t miss the Faith: Dreamside #1 Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusive Variant by Eisner-nominated artist Steve Conley! From celebrated writer Jody Houser and rising star artist MJ Kim comes the first issue of a spooky new limited series that marks Faith’s triumphant return to comic book store shelves – and her very first team-up with the Death-Defying Doctor Mirage!

Next, a new journey into the unknown begins with the X-O Manowar #19 Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusive Variant, featuring dazzling artist Jason Metcalf! Eisner-nominated writer Matt Kindt joins forces with incendiary artist Juan José Ryp for an all-new arc and new jumping-on point for Valiant’s flagship ongoing series, as the armored Visigoth Aric of Dacia faces off against a new otherworldly threat to Earth!

Plus, Valiant’s got a double dose of incredible panel presentations lined up for the weekend! On Saturday, September 29th from 2:45 to 3:45 pm ET in Room 333-344, join some of the talented people behind Valiant’s slate of critically acclaimed comic series for a candid, behind-the-scenes panel discussion in Valiant: The Craft of Comics! Find out just what it takes to put together a compelling story from start to finish, how to make your series stand apart, and how the editorial process functions at the highest levels – from the award-winning industry veterans behind the Valiant Universe’s greatest hits!

Then, on Sunday, September 30th from 1:45 to 2:45pm ET in Room 339-342, get all your Valiant questions answered at the Valiant: 101 and Beyond panel! New to the Valiant Universe? With Valiant’s all-new and exciting “BEYOND” initiative approaching at the end of 2018, there’s never been a better time to become a fan! Jump on board right here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes!

And don’t forget: The #ValiantVisits Initiative is currently in full swing! From now until the end of the 2018 convention season and beyond, the hardest-working sales team in comics will be dropping in with local retailers all across the country to talk shop, share updates, and give away some awesome swag! Keep your eye on the #ValiantVisits hashtag on both Facebook and Twitter to see where Valiant will be stopping next!

Baltimore Comic-Con Welcomes Michael Copon as a Guest

The Baltimore Comic-Con will be back in the Inner Harbor on September 28-30 at the Baltimore Convention Center. VIP, General Admission, Fan Package, and Ringo Award tickets are available online now at our website. Baltimore Comic-Con has announced the addition of Michael Copon to the show FridaySaturday, and Sunday.

Michael Copon started his entertainment journey in the year 2000 in Hollywood, and it led him all across the globe. Growing up in Chesapeake, Virginia, Michael had the pleasure of learning art from his entire family, and he has been entertaining since he first took hold of his mother’s video camera at the age of 5 years old. “I love my job,” Michael says, full of passion and energy. “Acting is not lying, it is living truthfully in an imaginary circumstance with a little bit of yourself in that truth.” Michael is convinced that he will never give up!

Michael started his acting career as the Blue Power Ranger on Power Rangers Time Force while simultaneously modeling in various print advertisements for companies such as PacSun, Levis, and Sketchers. Alongside modeling, he was featured in numerous commercials repping for companies like Old Navy and AT&T. These opportunities kept him busy until he broke out on the hit TV show One Tree Hill as Felix Taggarro, the Latino bad boy. This show opened doors for him to other lead roles, like Penn in Bring It On: In It To Win It and Mathayus in Scorpion King 2: Rise Of The Warrior, both from Universal Studios. He is commonly known for playing the lead singer Ricky in the Boyz ‘N’ Motion on Disney’s That’s So Raven. Michael is also recognized through his frequent guest star roles in CSI: MiamiHawaii 5-0Reno 911, and Scrubs. Michael’s shows his range in the Night Of The Demons remake, and Lionsgate’s Killer Holiday (co-produced by Michael himself) where he taps into his painful past to play the serial killer “Melvin Holiday.”

Acting isn’t all that Michael’s capable of doing. He is a singer who has toured with Bruno Mars and a philanthropist who fights to both defend bullying with his “I Am Me” campaign and support kids with autism and shaken baby syndrome. These concerns are dear to him because his adopted brother has a traumatic brain injury. “Being on set, I couldn’t help but figure out how movies are made,” Michael says, as he explains his journey to his hometown Chesapeake, Virginia to open up his very own film production studio “Michael Copon Studios LLC”. MCS has produced Worth The Price, written and directed by Michael, created a TV show entitled Dystopia, and co-produced the film Public Affairs, where Michael stars alongside Adrian Grenier from Entourage and Mimi Rogers. Michael has acted in over 21 movies, 95 episodes of television, and has produced 6 projects. Whether Michael is in the U.S. or overseas, west coast or the east coast, there is one thing that stays constant: Michael Copon is a force to be reckoned with.

Inaugural ComicPro “Nuts and Bolts” Conference to be Held in Baltimore

ComicsPRO, the comics specialty retailer trade association, has announced that registration is now open for the Comic Industry One-Day Conference. Being held on September 27th, 2018 at the Baltimore Convention Center, this conference will feature a series of 1-hour presentations to help retailers improve their businesses.

This year’s presentations will be announced in the next two weeks.

They may include:

  • Working with schools
  • Free Comic Book Day
  • Local Comic Shop Day
  • Social media class
  • Working with universities and libraries
  • Human resources
  • Diversifying product mix
  • Building a kids section and customer base
  • How to profitably sell back issues

Every retailer attending the Comic Industry One Day Conference will be presented with a gift bag that will include a copy of the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con VIP Yearbook (Strangers in Paradise) and various other giveaways from Diamond and major publishers. Attending retailers will also receive free attendance to the Baltimore Comic-Con.

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