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Hero Initiative has Six Exclusive Guests at Baltimore Comic-Con

Hero Initiative

Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical or financial need, will host six amazing creators at its booth, #1501, at the 2022 Baltimore Comic-Con, October 28-30, 2022 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Tickets can be purchased online now.

Hero’s guests include:

  • Matthew Clark, artist of Justice League and Amazing Spider-Man
  • Scott Dunbier, editor of Dave Cockrum’s X-Men Artifact Edition and Jim Lee’s X-Men Artist’s Edition 
  • Fabian Nicieza, writer of X-Men and Deadpool co-creator
  • Ann Nocenti, writer of Daredevil and Catwoman
  • Richard Pace, artist of Batman and Second Coming
  • Dexter Vines, artist of Civil War and Old Man Logan

Matthew Clark started his career in 1997 drawing backgrounds and inking other artists. His break came in 1999 when he was the monthly artist on DC’s Wonder Woman for a year, a character he’s returned to from time to time throughout the years, most notably on Wonder Woman Rebirth Special.

Scott Dunbier is a former comic book art dealer from New York. In 1995, he relocated to San Diego to work at Jim Lee’s WildStorm Productions. He soon became special projects editor and then Editor-in-Chief. He moved over to IDW Publishing in 2008 as Director of Special Projects and has been there ever since. Aside from working with many of the best creators in comics, he created the Absolute format, as well as originating Artist’s Editions.

Fabian Nicieza is a writer best known for his comic book work and as the co-creator of Marvel’s billion-dollar Deadpool franchise. He has written over a thousand comics for Marvel and DC and others, including AvengersX-MenSpider-ManJustice LeagueSuperman, and Batman, which have sold over 100 million copies worldwide.

Ann Nocenti is a storyteller who has worked in film, journalism and comics. She was an editor and writer at Marvel Comics (DaredevilSpider-ManX-Men, and more), and at DC (CatwomanKlarion). Her latest works are the graphic novels Ruby Falls (2020) with artist Flavia Biondi and The Seeds (2021) with artist David Aja, both for Berger Books/Dark Horse, and upcoming projects for Marvel.

Ann Nocenti will be appearing Friday and Saturday, October 28-29 only.

Richard Pace resides in Toronto, Canada, looking down upon the Americans to the south with moments of both humor and dread. From this perch, he has deployed his illustration skills on titles for Vertigo and Marvel, has also co-written Dale Keown’s Pitt and Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham, and is the co-creator, with Mark Russell, of the hit indie AHOY Comics series Second Coming.

Dexter Vines was born and raised in Atlanta GA and is one of comics most prolific and well-respected artist inkers in the business with over 25 years of experience. Dexter has worked for almost every major comic publisher over his long career. Having worked on some of the biggest projects from Superman/BatmanCivil War, and Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Dexter is still going strong with no end in sight. Recent projects include Crime Syndicate and Task Force Z for DC Comics, and Eve Online for Dark Horse.


Confirmed guests for this year’s show include: Andrew Aydin (Run), Chris Barcomb (The Amazing Adventure of Superior Sam), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Marty Baumann (Pixar artist), John Beatty (Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars), Carolyn Belefski (Curls), Brian Michael Bendis (Action Comics), Brett Breeding (Superman), Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Russ Braun (The Boys), Reilly Brown (Deadpool), Harold Buchholz (Sweetest Beasts), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Jeffrey Burandt (Killer Bad), Greg Burnham (Tuskegee Heirs), Jim Calafiore (NED, Lord of the Pit), Chris Campana (The Adventures of Parker Reef), Joe Carabeo (Black Magic Tales), Richard Case (Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror), John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men), Howard Chaykin (Time Squared), Jim Cheung (Miracleman), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Matthew Clark (Adventures of Superman, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Katie Cook (Nothing Special), Kevin Cuffe (Metalshark Bro), Shawn Daley (Better Place), Alan Davis (Thanos), Nick Davis (The Night Guardians – Awakenings), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Roses for the Dead), J. Robert Deans (Crass Fed), Vito Delsante (Stray), Todd Dezago (The Perhapanauts), Terry Dodson (Harley Quinn), Scott Dunbier (Jim Lee’s X-Men Artist’s Edition, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Ryan Dunlavey (The Comic Book History of Animation), Garth Ennis (The Boys, Friday and Saturday only), Tony Fleecs (Stray Dogs), Chris Flick (Capes and Babes), Scott Fogg (Phileas Reid Knows We’re Not Alone), Trish Forstner (Stray Dogs), LJ and Kayla Fowlkes (The Adventures of CHIBIWONGTONG), Franco (The Ghost, The Owl), Bob Frantz (Metalshark Bro), John Gallagher (Max Meow: Cat Crusader), Kami Garcia (Teen Titans: Raven), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (DC Nation), Ron Garney (BRZRKR), Mitch Gerads (Mister Miracle), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), Steven Grant (X), Mike Grell (Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters), Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred), Brian Haberlin (Spawn), Bob Hall (West Coast Avengers), Cully Hamner (Blue Beetle), Dean Haspiel (The Fox), Mike Hawthorne (Happiness Will Follow), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), Klaus Janson (Daredevil), Chris Kemple (Artist Alley Comics), Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Alien), Kata Kane (Altar Girl), Tom King (Batman), Barry Kitson (Amazing Spider-Man), Greg LaRocque (The Three Stooges), Jim Lee (Action Comics, Friday only), Joseph Michael Linsner (Red Sonja), Howard Mackie (Ghost Rider), Kevin Maguire (Justice League), Francis Manapul (The Flash), Mariano Brothers (Claire Lost Her Bear at the World’s Fair), Laura Martin (Nubia: Queen of the Amazons), Ron Marz (Silver Surfer), Whitney Matheson (Pandemix: Quarantine Comics in the Age of ‘Rona), Jason May (LEGO Club Magazine), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Mike McKone (Genis-Vell: Captain Marvel), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Jarrett Melendez (Chef’s Kiss), Adriana Melo (Action Comics), Pop Mhan (Gears of War 3), Frank Miller (Sin City, Saturday only), Chris Miskiewicz (Elvis: The Graphic Novel), Mark Morales (Thor), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons), Trevor Mueller (Albert the Alien), Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground), Fabian Nicieza (Deadpool, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Ann Nocenti (The Seeds, Friday and Saturday only, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Sedat Oezgen (Judge Dredd), Jerry Ordway (Superman), Rachel Ordway (Chainmail Bikini), Steve Orlando (Rainbow Bridge, Saturday and Sunday only), Richard Pace (Second Coming, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Dan Parent (Archie vs. Sharknado), David Pepose (Savage Avengers), Andrew Pepoy (Simone & Ajax), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Uncanny X-Men), Khoi Pham (Teen Titans), Ed Piskor (Red Room: Trigger Warnings), Eric Powell (The Goon), Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Tom Raney (Green Lantern), Afua Richardson (Omni), Christopher Ring (Seamus (the Famous)), David A. Rodriguez (Skylanders), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Arsia Rozegar (Shahnameh For Kids), Jim Rugg (Hulk Grand Design), Alex Saviuk (Web of Spider-Man), Stuart Sayger (The Joker), Mark Schultz (Xenozoic Tales, courtesy of Flesk Publications), Pat Shand (Destiny, NY), Liam Sharp (Green Lantern), Louise Simonson (X-Men Legends), Walter Simonson (Ragnarok), Don Simpson (Megaton Man), Matt Slay (Equilibrium), Matt Smith (Hellboy), John K. Snyder III (Suicide Squad), Jim Starlin (Infinity Gauntlet), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Paul Storrie (Storm Kids: Stanley’s Ghost), Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother), Billy Tucci (Shi), Christopher Uminga (Batman’s Mystery Casebook), Fred Van Lente (The Comic Book History of Animation), Emilio Velez Jr. (The Dodgeball Teens), Dexter Vines (Civil War, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Sean Von Gorman (Return of Toe Tag Riot), Mark Waid (Superman: Red and Blue), Adam Wallenta (Punk Taco), Todd Webb (Mr. Toast Comics), Lee Weeks (Batman/Catwoman Special), Emily S. Whitten (The Underfoot), Matt Wieringo (Stargate Atlantis: Gateways), Keith Williams (Thor the Worthy), Charles P. Wilson III (Wraith), Rich Woodall (Electric Black), Gene Luen Yang (Superman Smashes the Klan), Thom Zahler (Love and Capes), and Chrissie Zullo (She-Hulk).

Preview: Marvel Voices: Comunidades #1

Marvel Voices: Comunidades #1

(W) Alex Segura, Various (A) Various (CA) Lucas Werneck
In Shops: Sep 28, 2022
SRP: $5.99

Returning for another rousing celebration of Marvel’s Latin/x characters and creators is MARVEL VOICES: COMUNIDADES! Legendary creator Fabian Nicieza takes to the stars in an action-packed Nova adventure! Superstar Edgar Delgado continues to show off his writing chops with a spine-tingling spider escapade with Miles Morales! And award-winning author Alex Segura blazes a new trail for White Tiger – and introduces a brand new character to the Marvel Mythos! And that’s only scratching the surface – not to mention the amazing lineup of new and established artists lending their voices to this astounding anthology. Trust us, you don’t want to miss out!

Marvel Voices: Communidades #1

Your Complete Guide to this year’s Marvel’s Voices: Comunidades #1

On September 28, Marvel’s Voices: Comunidades returns with a new collection of uplifting and action-packed tales highlighting Latin and Latinx creators and characters! To celebrate Hispanic Latinx Heritage Month, the giant-sized one-shot is the latest installment in the groundbreaking Marvel’s Voices series, continuing the tradition of highlighting the cultural richness of the Marvel Universe, celebrating established comic talent, and uplifting new voices in the comic book industry! Packed with five thrilling adventures, Marvel’s Voices: Comunidades will embrace various cultural heritages and explore how they impact the journeys of some of your favorite super heroes!

Here are the stories that await in this year’s issue:

  • Legendary creator Fabian Nicieza and superstar artist Paco Medina take to the stars in an action-packed Nova adventure!
  • Miles Morales faces the music in an incredible showdown by acclaimed writer Edgar Delgado and artist Luis Morocho in his Marvel Comics debut!
  • Award-winning author Alex Segura and extraordinary artist Rogê Antônio blaze a new trail for White Tiger – and introduce a brand new character to the Marvel Mythos—CHIMERA! Find out if she’s friend or foe in this exciting first appearance. In the meantime, check out Paco Medina’s design for the character in a special variant cover!
  • Novelist Zoraida Córdova and artist Yasmín Flores Montañez dive deep into the heart of Shark-Girl as she finds herself facing off with Namor!
  • Author Carlos Hernandez brings his incredible sci-fi/fantasy storytelling to Marvel Comics for the first time alongside rising star Marcelo Costa. The pair will bring America Chavez home to defend her community against a strange threat!
  • Plus an introduction by Hector Navarro and a heartfelt interview about the history of inclusion at Marvel Comics with Fabian Nicieza.

Check out all four stunning covers and interior artwork from each story now and pick up Marvel’s Voices: Comunidades #1 on September 28! Featuring covers by Lucas Werneck, Phil Jimenez and Alejandro Sánchez, Paco Medina, and Chiko Shiko.

Marvel’s Voices podcast returns for a Sixth Season

Angélique Roché returns as the host of the popular Marvel’s Voices original podcast series with a thrilling new lineup of Marvel guests! In the all-new sixth season, a variety of storytellers join Angélique and select guest hosts for in-depth conversations about their creative processes, collaborations, and professional journeys, painting a full picture of the diversity of the Marvel Universe. Fans can listen to new episodes every Thursday on the SXM AppApple Podcasts, AmazonSpotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
 
This season’s theme, “Marvel: A Window to Our World,” focuses on the global influences on the Marvel Universe. Throughout the eight episodes, the hosts and guests dive into how a variety of cultures and mythologies have played a key role in the creation of Marvel characters, and how their cultures and nationalities have influenced stories within the Marvel Universe.  
 
And while Marvel comics have made their way around the world for decades in English and dozens of other languages, the rise of digital comics has given access to many more readers worldwide. Marvel has not just become the world outside our window, but a window to our world, reflecting global culture and talent.   
 
The new season kicks off with Janice Chiang, the first Chinese-American woman letterer at Marvel. The remaining episodes feature an incredible roster of creators including Nigerian artist Adedotun Akande and writer Murewa AyodeleJapanese comic creator Peach Momoko, South African writer and musician Mohale Mashigo, Juni Ba a writer hailing from Senegal and FranceArgentine-American comic writer Fabian Nicieza, and Alejandra Lopez, the Puerto Rican director of the Spanish-language audio series “Wolverine: La Larga Noche.”  

In addition to the impressive line-up of talent, the upcoming Marvel’s Voices season will feature several “Creator-Led Conversations,” in which former Marvel’s Voices guests and current Marvel writers will guest host the show to talk with other creators about their work, careers, and current projects. The guest hosts include Karama Horne, Marika Hashimoto, and Tochi Onyebuchi. 

The weekly 8-episode series is produced by Isabel Robertson and Kara McGuirk-Allison, and executive produced by Jill Du Boff. 

Additionally, the Marvel’s Voices initiative is expanding into consumer products, with Walmart’s exclusive Marvel’s Voices artist capsule collection that spotlights the work, contributions, and lived experiences of Marvel creators and fans of color, as well as products from the Black Panther Legacy program. Created by artists Nardstar and Damion Scott, the new capsule collection features Walmart-exclusive Funko collectibles with additional exclusives coming later this year. Fans can learn more about the artists and new items, check out exclusive content, and shop the wider Legacy product assortment online at Walmart’s Marvel Hub

Shawn Levy is in Negotiations to Direct Deadpool 3

Deadpool

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that Shawn Levy is in negotiations to direct Deadpool 3 for Marvel. The project would team Levy with star Ryan Reynolds again. The two previously worked on Free Guy and The Adam Project. The first film was directed by Tim Miller. The sequel was helmed by David Leitch.

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will return to write the script for the third film having written the script for the first two. Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin of Bob’s Burgers previously worked on a script for the film.

The Deadpool films are the top-grossing X-Men film so far with $783.1 million worldwide and the second earning $785.8 million worldwide. This is the first film under the Disney banner after the company’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox. Former Disney CEO Bob Iger said the third film would remain R-rated after concern of fans.

Deadpool is based on the character created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza for Marvel. The character debuted in New Mutants #98 which was released in February 1991.

Preview: X-Men Legends #10

X-Men Legends #10

(W) Fabian Nicieza (A/CA) Dan Jurgens
RATED T+
In Shops: Jan 12, 2022
SRP: $3.99

WHO WILL SURVIVE THE EIGHTH CIRCLE?
CHARLES XAVIER. BEAST. AMANDA MUELLER. MOIRA MACTAGGERT. MAGNETO. Some of the greatest minds and experts on mutantkind are assembled by MR. SINISTER to discuss the evolution of Homo superior… but to what devious end?! Rest assured, there’ll be at least one dead body before dessert at this meeting of the Eighth Circle!
Dan Jurgens joins Fabian Nicieza as he returns to his original X-MEN run with an all-new tale set to startle and upend what you thought you knew about Sinister’s machinations!

X-Men Legends #10

Preview: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Legacy Edition Vol. 6

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Legacy Edition Vol. 6

(W) Fabian Nicieza, Scott Lobdell (A) Cliff Robertson, Paul Lee (CA) Nimit Malavia
In Shops: Dec 22, 2021
SRP: $29.99

Go back to the summer of 1996, before Buffy Summers arrived in Sunnydale and the newly anointed Vampire Slayer flees to Las Vegas to make sense of her life. Unfortunately, a twisted coven of vampires have their own plans for The Strip.

Upon her return, her parents put her under lock and key, and while it’s nice to not have to slay vampires and demons night after night, Buffy soon finds her respite is short-lived.

Collects Buffy the Vampire Slayer #51-63, previously published by Dark Horse Comics.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Legacy Edition Vol. 6

Preview: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Legacy Edition Vol. 6

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Legacy Edition Vol. 6

(W) Fabian Nicieza, Scott Lobdell (A) Cliff Robertson, Paul Lee (CA) Nimit Malavia
In Shops: Dec 22, 2021
SRP: $29.99

Go back to the summer of 1996, before Buffy Summers arrived in Sunnydale and the newly anointed Vampire Slayer flees to Las Vegas to make sense of her life. Unfortunately, a twisted coven of vampires have their own plans for The Strip.

Upon her return, her parents put her under lock and key, and while it’s nice to not have to slay vampires and demons night after night, Buffy soon finds her respite is short-lived.

Collects Buffy the Vampire Slayer #51-63, previously published by Dark Horse Comics.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Legacy Edition Vol. 6

X-Men Unlimited Returns to Marvel Unlimited as an Infinity Comic

The fan-favorite Marvel Unlimited anthology series is back! X-Men Unlimited returns on Monday, December 6 in the exclusive Infinity Comic format. X-Men Unlimited #13 kicks off the “X-Men: Paradise Lost” arc, an 8-part storyline set within current Krakoan continuity.

Writer Fabian Nicieza teams with artist Matt Horak, and edited by Jordan White, for X-Men Unlimited’s latest saga! Read the first part of “X-Men: Paradise Lost” in the Marvel Unlimited app now, and read new chapters weekly every Monday.

The nation of Krakoa may be made up of 99.9% mutants, but not every problem is one an X-Gene is perfectly fit to handle. Thankfully, they still have friends out there in the larger world they can call on… friends like the Unstoppable Juggernaut. Oh, and Deadpool, if you can call him a friend.

X-Men Unlimited #13

Kurt Busiek Releases New Arrowsmith, Astro City, and More in 2022

Kurt Busiek, the bestselling writer of Avengers, Superman, Thunderbolts, Iron Man, JLA, and more, is returning to Image in a big way in 2022, with new entries in fan-favorite series, including Astro City, Arrowsmith and others, plus new creations and more, as he brings his creator-owned work to Image Comics as his primary publisher.

First up, Busiek and superstar artist Carlos Pacheco bring fans the much-anticipated return of Arrowsmith in Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines. This six issue miniseries launches from Image Comics in January 2022—followed in February by an oversized, fully re-mastered hardcover collected edition of the original series.

In March, Arrowsmith will be joined by the return of Astro City, Busiek’s collaboration with Brent Anderson, Alex Ross, and Alex Sinclair, first with an Astro City one-shot special introducing new characters and setting the stage for upcoming dangers for the city and the world, plus new collected editions that will make the entire Astro City backlist available again.

Longtime fans will also be treated to a new urban-fantasy graphic novel, The Gods on Sunday Morning, from the whole Astro City team, after which they begin a new ongoing run on the acclaimed series.

Also in the works is Free Agents, a new series launch from Busiek with co-writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Stephen Mooney and the return of Autumnlands from Busiek with Benjamin Dewey and Jordie Bellaire, all planned for late 2022.

In addition to all the exciting new content from the mind of Busiek, there will also be re-releases of his popular backlist gems like Shockrockets and Superstar: As Seen on TV, both with Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger, and Jeromy Cox, and The Wizard’s Tale with David Wenzel.

In the upcoming Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines, it’s World War I—but a war of wizards and dragons as much as bullets and barbed wire. Young airman Fletcher Arrowsmith plunges back into the heat of war—and finds himself behind enemy lines, facing a threat that could doom the Allied Powers. Old friends and new favorites will appear, and the world of Arrowsmith will be deepened, as previously-secret history and machinations are revealed.

For the re-mastered hardcover, Arrowsmith: So Smart In Their Fine Uniforms ,readers are introduced to young Fletcher Arrowsmith who learns the true cost of war in an alternate history where dragons and magic spells are as much a part of World War I as bullets and barbed wire. This edition, deluxe-sized and in hardcover for the first time, will present the art as Pacheco originally intended, and will feature ancillary material about the creation and history of Arrowsmith.

Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, January 19:

  • CVR A Pacheco Fonteriz Villarubia – Diamond Code NOV210009
  • CVR B Johnson – Diamond Code NOV210010
  • CVR C Jones – Diamond Code NOV210011
  • CVR D Chaykin – Diamond Code NOV210012
  • CVR E blank cover – Diamond Code NOV210013
  • CVR F 1:25 copy incentive Walta – Diamond Code NOV210014
  • CVR G 1:50 copy incentive Jones virgin – Diamond Code NOV210015

Arrowsmith: So Smart In Their Fine Uniforms (Diamond Code: NOV210098, ISBN: 978-1-5343-2206-6) will be available on Wednesday, February 23 and in bookstores on Tuesday, March 1. It can be pre-ordered at your local comic book shop or independent bookstore or via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indigo.

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