David Finch, Brian Haberlin, Mark Morales, Richard and Wendy Pini, and Matt Slay are coming to Baltimore Comic Con
Make your way to the Baltimore Convention Center this September 8-10 for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con. The convention has announced the addition of comics guests of David Finch, Brian Haberlin, Mark Morales, Richard and Wendy Pini, and Matt Slay as guests in 2023. Please purchase your tickets here.
Joining us from Canada, David Finch received recognition for his early work at Top Cow Productions on titles such as Cyberforce, Ascension, and Aphrodite IX. He then went on to spend a number of years at Marvel Comics, working on blockbuster titles including Ultimate X-Men, Avengers (and the relaunched New Avengers), and Moon Knight before jumping into an exclusive contract with DC Comics in 2010 where he flexed his writing muscles as well as his drawing skills on Batman: The Dark Knight. He also worked on DC’s Forever Evil, and provided art on Wonder Woman (with his wife Meredith on writing duties).
An award-winning comic book artist, writer, editor and producer, Brian Haberlin began his career in comics working at Top Cow Productions, where he co-created the Witchblade franchise. He co-founded Avalon Studios, which published many successful fantasy and sci-fi titles, including: Stone, Aria, and Area 52. Brian also served as Editor in Chief of Todd McFarlane Productions and penciled and inked its flagship title, Spawn. After co-founding Anomaly Productions, he’s published Anomaly (and Anomaly: The Rubicon), Shifter, Creative Creature Catcher (augmented reality children’s book), and a number of comics published through Image Comics (Faster Than Light, Sonata, The Marked). He currently writes and illustrates the comic Hellcop. Brian teaches comic art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and his work is in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Museum.
A longtime comics pro, Mark Morales has worked for many companies, including Image, Dark Horse, Chaos, DC Comics, and Marvel Comics, mostly as an inker. Past projects from Mark include Thor, Daredevil, Batman, X-Men, Avengers vs. X-Men, Spider-Man/Deadpool, and Astonishing X-Men. Currently, he is working on Heroes Reborn and The High Republic from Marvel Comics.
Richard Pini is the co-creator, sometimes-writer, editor, and publisher for the long-running fantasy graphic novel series ElfQuest. He is the author of the Eisner-nominated art book Line of Beauty – the Art of Wendy Pini, as well as co-author and editor of two other related volumes: The Art of ElfQuest and ElfQuest – the Art of the Story. A graduate of MIT in astronomy, as well as planetarium writer, lecturer, and teacher, he has contributed articles to magazines on the wonders of the heavens. He managed 2018’s year-long 40th anniversary celebration for ElfQuest, and intends 2028’s 50th anniversary to be a major extravaganza. Most recently, he executive-produced the ElfQuest Audio Movie and the 30-song concept album for Wendy’s Masque of the Red Death.
Wendy Pini has been drawing literally since the age of two, and has worked for Marvel, DC, First Comics, Comico, Dark Horse, Ace, Berkley, Tor Books, and many other publishers. She is the co-creator, writer, artist, and colorist for the long-running fantasy graphic novel series ElfQuest, widely acknowledged as “the first American manga.” She wrote and painted two Beauty and the Beast graphic novels based on the original TV series, as well as a critically acclaimed 400-page dark, futuristic reimagining of Poe’s Masque of the Red Death, currently in development with an award-winning team as a thriller for the musical theatre. Most recently, she story-edited scripts for Season One of Dagaz Media and Realm.fm’s 10-episode Audio Movie adaptation of the first ElfQuest novelization, “Journey to Sorrow’s End.”
Matt Slay has worked in comics for 15 years, but quickly made a name for himself painting variant covers for IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. His dark and earthy watercolors bring a grown-up sense of danger to any character. Born in St. Michaels and raised in Easton, the Maryland native now paints for the sci-fi anthology series Time Traveled Tales with authors such as Timothy Zahn. Matt has generated production art for Marvel Premiere as well as Iron Man 3, and has since provided covers for Six Gun Gorilla and American Mythology’s Equilibrium while writing his own book and cartoon series, 3 Story Dungeon. Matt is represented by Comic Art House.
This year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Arthur Adams (Longshot), Sarah Andersen (Sarah’s Scribbles), Jeremy Bastian (Dune: House Harkonnen), Marty Baumann (Pixar artist), Brian Michael Bendis (Action Comics), Jon Bogdanove (The Death of Superman), Judy Bogdanove (Steel Annual), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Jim Calafiore (NED, Lord of the Pit), Chris Campana (Death Dealer), Richard Case (Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror), Howard Chaykin (Time Squared), Jim Cheung (Young Avengers), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Amy Chu (KISS: The End), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Katie Cook (Nothing Special), Abby Denson (Uniquely Japan), Todd Dezago (The Perhapanauts), Derec Donovan (Adventures of Superman), Jan Duursema (Star Wars: The High Republic), Garth Ennis (The Boys), David Finch (Moon Knight), Tana Ford (LaGuardia), Trish Forstner (Stray Dogs), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (DC Nation), Mike Grell (Jon Sable), Gene Ha (Mae), Bob Hall (West Coast Avengers), Cully Hamner (Blue Beetle), Brian Haberlin (Spawn), Tony Harris (The Whistling Skull), Mike Hawthorne (Deadpool), Greg Hildebrandt (Star Wars), Morry Hollowell (Old Man Logan), Mark Irwin (Green Lantern), Klaus Janson (Daredevil), Dave Johnson (100 Bullets), J.G. Jones (Wanted), Barry Kitson (Amazing Spider-Man), Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), Matthew Loux (Prunella and the Cursed Skull Ring), Kevin Maguire (Justice League), Tom Mandrake (Spectre), Laura Martin (Nubia: Queen of the Amazons), Ron Marz (Green Lantern), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Adriana Melo (Action Comics), Pop Mhan (Gears of War 3), Al Milgrom (Spectacular Spider-Man), Karl Moline (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Mark Morales (Thor), Trevor Mueller (Re-Possessed), David Pepose (Savage Avengers), David Petersen (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Usagi Yojimbo: WhereWhen), Brandon Peterson (Uncanny X-Men), Richard and Wendy Pini (Elfquest), Ed Piskor (Red Room: Trigger Warnings), Joe Prado (Superman), Afua Richardson (Omni), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Steve Rude (Nexus), Jim Rugg (Hulk Grand Design), Andy Runton (Owly), Louise Simonson (The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special), Walter Simonson (Thor), Matt Slay (Equilibrium), John K. Snyder III (Suicide Squad), Sozomaika (DC Power: A Celebration), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), John Timms (Superman: Son of Kal-El), Wade von Grawbadger (Justice League), John Workman (Wild Things), and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).