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Baltimore Comic-Con 2019 Welcomes Katie Cook, Kristina Deak-Linsner, Bob Hall, Jamal Igle, Joseph Michael Linsner, and Erica Schultz

October 18-20 sees the return of the 2019 Baltimore Comic-Con to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center. The Baltimore Comic-Con has announced 2019 guests Katie Cook, Kristina Deak-Linsner, Bob Hall, Jamal Igle, Joseph Michael Linsner, and Erica SchultzGet tickets online and avoid additional lines upon arrival.

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 Magic and 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.

Artist, creative editor, writer, reference model, all-purpose Joe-wrangler at Linsner, and founder of lightisthenewdark art studios, Kristina Deak-Linsner has brought her years of fine art experience in the west coast gallery scene over to the house that Dawn built. After beginning her comics career at Dynamic Forces in the late 90’s, she now uses her keen eye to help guide all Linsner products and projects such as: Sin Boldly, the Dawn and Vampirella crossover series, as well as Linsner’s annual Dawn sketchbooks (2011 to present). The graphic novel Dawn and Vampirella brings her comics career full circle by working with Dynamite/Dynamic Forces once again. In 2018, she worked on the Vampirella series, Roses For The Dead.
Twitter – @KDeakLinsner
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/lightisthenewdark

Bob Hall had a long association with Marvel Comics, where at one time or another he drew most of the major books and characters such as The ChampionsSpider-ManDr. DoomConanThorThe Fantastic FourThe SubmarinerCaptain AmericaPSI ForceThe Avengers, and The New Mutants. He was the artist for the West Coast Avengers mini-series and was the primary artist on the original Squadron Supreme. He drew movie adaptations of WillowDark Man, and the notorious first Captain America movie, as well as pencils and inks for the graphic novel, Emperor Doom. Bob was an editor at Marvel in 1979. For Valiant, he wrote and penciled the monthly series Shadowman, wrote Timewalker, and then created Armed and Dangerous, a black and white “comicbook-noir” series. For DC, he wrote and drew the Batman graphic novel projects Batman DOAI Joker, and It’s Jokertime. In 2016, he wrote and drew an educational/fantasy about the measles virus for the University of Nebraska called Carnival of Contagion. Bob is a member of the National Cartoonists Society, Actors Equity Association, and the Society for Directors and Choreographers. His work can be seen at www.bobhall.com. Commissions and original art are available through http://www.catskillcomics.com/. He can be messaged on Facebook.

Jamal Igle began his career in comics at the early age of 17, working as intern at DC while attending the High School of Art and Design. He began penciling full-time in 1993 and his body of work includes lengthy runs on FirestormNightwing, and Supergirl at DC. He served s Vice President of Marketing at Action Lab Entertainment, where he published his Molly Dangerand Venture titles. He has recently provided art for The Wrong Earth and covers for Dragonfly and Dragonflyman at AHOY Comics, art for Noble at Lion Forge, and provided art and writing on the Princeless: Girls Rock / Girls Leadership Anthology from Action Lab Entertainment.

Joseph Michael Linsner is most well-known for his creation Dawn, who first appeared in the self-published Cry for Dawn in 1989 and followed by numerous series at Sirius, He is also the creator of several other characters, including Sinful Suzi in Sin Boldly, released in December 2013 by Image Comics. He has worked on Dawn/Vampirella through Dynamite Entertainment, Justice League Quarterly and Harley Quinn at DC Comics, KillravenMystique, and Claws at Marvel Comics, and he drew the cover of the Image Comics one-shot Witchblade/The Punisher #1. Of late Linsner has provided covers for Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, and covers and interiors for Vampirella: Roses for the Dead.

Erica Schultz is an American comic book writer, and editor best known for her work on Xena: Warrior Princess and Charmed, her participation in DC Comics’ first Writers Workshop, and her creator-owned crime series, M3. Her latest work includes Daredevil for Marvel Comics and Twelve Devils Dancing for Action Lab Danger Zone.


In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Neal Adams (Detective Comics), Arantza (fantasy artist), Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned), Marty Baumann (Disney/Pixar), Mark Buckingham (Justice League Dark), Jim Calafiore (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Richard Case (Doom Patrol), Castillo Studios, Howard Chaykin (Hey Kids! Comics!), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Amy Chu (KISS: The End), Matthew Clark (Injustice: Ground Zero), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Katie Cook (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), Garth Ennis (The Boys, Friday and Saturday only), Ramona Fradon (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Julie Fujii Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (DC Nation), Gerhard (Cerberus the Aardvark), Juanjo Guarnido (Blacksad),  Bob Hall (West Coast Avengers), Cully Hamner (Batman Beyond), Greg Hildebrandt (Old Man Logan), Adam Hughes (Superman), Jamal Igle (Wrong Earth), Klaus Janson (New Challengers), Justin Jordan (Reaver), Chris Kemple (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Matt Kindt (X-O Manowar), Sharlene Kindt (Dept. H), Tom King (Batman), Greg Land (Hulkverines, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), Joe Linsner (Red Sonja), Mike Manley (Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Comic), Ron Marz (Turok), John McCrea (Hitman, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Carla Speed McNeil (Twisted Romance), Pop Mhan (Raven, Daughter of Darkness), Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico), Mark Morales (Justice League), Sean Murphy (Batman: White Knight), Kevin Nowlan (Black Widow, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Greg Pak (Star Wars), Paul Pelletier (Aquaman/Jabberjaw Special), Mike Perkins (Swamp Thing), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Tom Raney (Dog Days of Summer), Afua Richardson (Run), Rafer Roberts (Grumble), Craig Rousseau (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Dimension X), Andy Runton (Owly), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Bob Schreck (Batman: Hush), Erica Schultz (Xena: Warrior Princess), Bart Sears (Turok), Louise Simonson (Death of Superman), Walter Simonson (Ragnarok), Andy Smith (Demi-God), Allison Sohn (The Art of Red Sonja, Volume 2), Brian Stelfreeze (Rise of the Black Panther), Jim Steranko (Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.), William Stout (Fantastic Worlds – The Art of William Stout), Ty Templeton (Marvel Super-Hero Adventures, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Billy Tucci (Shi), Robert Venditti (Hawkman), Mark Waid (Avengers: No Road Home), Adam Warren (Empowered And Sistah Spooky’s High School Hell), Lee Weeks (Batman), Bob Wiacek (Iron Man), Marv Wolfman (Raven: Daughter of Darkness, courtesy of Hero Initiative), John Workman (Riverdale), and Kelly Yates (Torchwood).

Baltimore Comic Con Welcomes Dave Dorman, Steve Geiger, Bob Hall, Dawn McTeigue, Roy Richardson, and Bob Wiacek

Baltimore Comic-Con falls on the weekend of September 28-30, 2018 and will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center in Balitmore’s Inner Harbor. Advance tickets are now available for purchase. The Baltimore Comic-Con has announced first-time guests Dave DormanSteve Geiger, Bob Hall, Dawn McTeigue, Roy Richardson, and Bob Wiacek to the show in 2018.

Dave Dorman is an Eisner, Inkpot, and Bram Stoker Award-winning artist, toy designer, filmmaker and storyteller. Dorman spent his childhood in Hawaii, traveled as an Air Force brat, and played tight end for state championship football team for Friendly, MD High School. He graduated from Joe Kubert School and was voted #1 Star Wars artist by The Official Best of Star Wars Magazine fans. He has worked for Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse Comics and won an Eisner Award for Aliens: Tribes. Dorman has been a book publisher, a full-time illustrator, a pop culture and film enthusiast, and is the creator of The Wasted Lands. Dave provided over 100 realistic pieces of artwork for GI Joe action figures in the mid-1980s, and was later approached in the mid-1990s for art to the larger sized action figures.

For the past twenty years, Steve Geiger has served as a professional artist in the advertising and comic book fields. After graduating from Buffalo State University, he began his career as an apprentice to the legendary comic book artist John Romita Sr. He was soon hired on staff, and eventually was named Managing Art Director for The Marvel Entertainment Group. Throughout his career, he has served as a regular artist on such comics as Spider-ManThe Incredible HulkBloodshotScionLorelei, and Samuree. Steve has also illustrated many covers and one-shots for such titles as The X-MenPunisher: War JournalFantastic FourBatman, and countless others. He is now launching his own enterprise, The Evilgeiger Empire, an entertainment development company devoted to the creation, implementation, and production of original content and creator-owned concepts and characters. Current projects include: 412 ComicsBenderThe Henchman with Devin HyltonGabriel DamascusCutter, and Plowboy in the Cornmeal Universe with Hollywood Animation. Steve lives in Williamsville, NY with his wife Kristy and their children, Steven III and Scarlett Evelyn.

Bob Hall had a long association with Marvel Comics, where at one time or another he drew most of the major books and characters such as The ChampionsSpider-ManDr. DoomConanThorThe Fantastic FourThe SubmarinerCaptain AmericaPSI ForceThe Avengers, and The New Mutants. He was the artist for the West Coast Avengers mini-series and was the primary artist on the original Squadron Supreme. He drew movie adaptations of WillowDark Man, and the notorious first Captain America movie, as well as pencils and inks for the graphic novel, Emperor Doom. Bob was an editor at Marvel in 1979. For Valiant, he wrote and penciled the monthly series Shadowman, wrote Timewalker, and then created Armed and Dangerous, a black and white “comicbook-noir” series. For DC, he wrote and drew the Batman graphic novel projects, Batman DOAI Joker, and It’s Jokertime. In 2016, he wrote and drew an educational/fantasy about the measles virus for the University of Nebraska called Carnival of Contagion. Bob is a member of the National Cartoonists Society, Actors Equity Association, and the Society for Directors and Choreographers. His work can be seen at www.bobhall.com. Commissions and original art are available through www.catskillcomics.com. He can be messaged on Facebook.

Dawn McTeigue is a comic book artist. You can see her work as an interior artist for Rothic’s Southern NightgownREM:8DiVinica, and for DC Comics’ Harley Quinn & her Gang of Harleys #5 as well as cover artist for Rothic, DC Comics, Coffin Comics, Lady Mechanika, Aspen, Dark Horse/Dynamite, Valiant, and Zenescope. Dawn also streams art on Twitch a few times a week to show the process of creating comic art. Dawn lives in Calgary, Canada with her husband and three kids.

Roy Richardson was inspired to pursue a comics career by the work of Jack Kirby, the ground breaking Fourth World series in particular. He has worked for all the major publishers, on such books as Captain AmericaIron ManThe FlashStar Wars, and his own co-creation, The Tomorrow Knights, which has been adapted into a role-playing game from ZMan Games. He also worked for 15 years in collaboration with his wife (and BCC guest) June Brigman, inking, lettering, and coloring the Brenda Starr comic strip. The pair have recently taken over the artistic reins of the long-running Mary Worth comic strip, and their new comic book series Captain Ginger will be debuting from Ahoy Comics this Fall. Roy is also hard at work on his first book of short stories, entitled Hillbillies Prefer Blondes, tales of growing up in the South in the 1970’s. His online portfolio can be seen at www.ArtWanted.com/royart.

Bob Wiacek has worked with many great talents such as Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Gene Colan, John and Sal Buscema, Walter Simonson, Frank Miller, Barry Windsor-Smith, George Perez, Jerry Ordway, Paul Smith, Dave Cockrum, John Byrne, Don Heck, Ron Garney, June Brigman, Colleen Doran, plus many others. He has inked Mike Grell on The Legion of Super Heroes #220 and Al Milgrom on Marvel Presents #7-The Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel. From that time, on he has inked every major title for Marvel, including The X-MenSpider-ManThorIron ManCaptain AmericaHulkShe-HulkMan-ThingStar WarsSilver Surfer, and Fantastic Four just to name a few. At DC, he worked on SupermanBatmanGreen LanternBrave and the BoldThe RayBatman FamilyJustice SocietyShazam, and Challengers of the Unknown, which is a small sampling as well. As far as independent publishers, he did work for Dark Horse, Image, Relium Media, Archie, and Valiant, where he worked on Archer and ArmstrongBloodshot, and Solar. He has inked noteworthy issues in titles including Uncanny X-MenX-FactorStar WarsIron ManBatman, and Bloodshot. On the Iron-Man 2020 project, he co-plotted with Walter Simonson, and penciled and inked the book (with an able assist from Will Rosado). Of late, Wiacek has helped out inking All New Wolverine and a JLA General Mills comic, which was available in different cereal boxes. He has also inked Badger #1 for First Comics and Stars End #2 from Insane Comics. Outside of comics, he starred in a commercial with rap group G-Unit in 2003, and has a small part in the independent film Manos: The Rise of Torgo, for which he did the poster.

You Only Live Twice – Your First Look Inside Prowler #1!

Even a super hero’s life can get boring. Double check your gear. Patrol the city. Save the innocent. Report back to your super villain boss, the Jackal. Wait, WHAT? You read that right True Believer, Hobie Brown is in the employ of one of Spider-Man’s greatest villains. And it’s all happening in the can’t-miss debut issue Prowler #1 – launching as part of The Clone Conspiracy event! Sean Ryan and artists Jamal Campbell and Javier Saltares bring you an action-packed debut chapter that will redefine the Prowler!

But…why is The Prowler working for The Jackal?! And what does the recently resurrected Madame Web have to do with it all? More importantly – what will happen when Spider-Man learns one of his most trusted friends has defected to the enemy? Those answers and more on October 26th!

PROWLER #1 (AUG160760)
Written by SEAN RYAN
Art by JAMAL CAMPBELL & JAVIER SALTARES
Cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN
Variant Cover by JAMAL CAMPBELL (AUG160761)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (AUG160762)
Teaser Variant by MIKE DEODATO (AUG160763)
Champions Variant by BOBBY RUBIO (AUG160764)
Hip-Hop Variant by RAY-ANTHONY HEIGHT (AUG160765)
Classic Variant by BOB HALL (AUG160766)
FOC – 10/03/16, On-Sale – 10/26/16

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Preview: Fear, Blood, and Shadows Grip Shadowman #14!

Valiant has released a preview of Shadowman #14! Peter Milligan and Roberto de la Torre‘s savage exploration of the Shadowman mythos continues here on January 8th in the next chapter of the brand new story arc, “Fear, Blood, and Shadows”!

As the Shadowman loa begins to exert its influence in even more unexpected ways, Jack Boniface is quickly coming to terms with the darkness inside him and finding out firsthand just how brutal unchecked power can be. With word of Shadowman’s increased unpredictability spreading across New Orleans, Jack’s former allies in the Abettors grow even more suspicious of their latest trainee…and begin to consider drastic measures…

SHADOWMAN #14 (“FEAR, BLOOD, AND SHADOWS” – PART 2)
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art & Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (NOV131280)
Valiant Signature Series Variant by BOB HALL (NOV131281)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 1/8/14

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Valiant Masters: Shadowman Spotlights Ditko, Englehart, Hall, Lapham, Shooter, and More!

This May, a new day is dawning for Valiant‘s original defender of the New Orleans night! Valiant is proud to announce the upcoming release of Valiant Masters: Shadowman Vol. 1 – Spirits Within the first-ever deluxe hardcover collection featuring the origin and debut solo adventures of Shadowman in the original Valiant Universe!

Jack Boniface nearly died one night – attacked by something out of a nightmare. But since that terrifying experience something has changed. Now, when darkness falls, a feeling comes over him, an urge to destroy the demons that would defile his night. Wild, reckless, and hell-bent on eliminating evil in all its forms, Jack is now his city’s new protector – the nocturnal avenger simply called Shadowman.

Featuring appearances by X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong and more of the Valiant Universe’s greatest heroes, Valiant Masters: Shadowman Vol. 1 – Spirits Within also brings together classic work from a who’s who of comics luminaries, including Steve Ditko, Steve Englehart, Bob Hall, David Lapham, Bob Layton, Jim Shooter and many more!

Re-presenting Shadowman (1992) #0-7 and material from Darque Passages (1994) #1, this latest addition to the Valiant Masters line of hardcovers is essential reading for the any fan of the Valiant Universe past or present.

VALIANT MASTERS: SHADOWMAN VOL. 1 – SPIRITS WITHIN HC
Written by STEVE ENGLEHART, BOB HALL, JIM SHOOTER and More
Art by STEVE DITKO, BOB HALL, DAVID LAPHAM, DON PERLIN and More
Cover by DAVID LAPHAM
$24.99/T+/184 pgs.
ON SALE THIS MAY!

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