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Baumann, Calafiore, Forstner, Pascoe, Staton, Stelfreeze, & Tucci Hit Baltimore

Baltimore Comic Con 2021

The Baltimore Comic-Con is coming up this October 22-24, 2021 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased to welcome Marty Baumann, Jim Calafiore, Trish Forstner, Jim Pascoe, Joe Staton, Brian Stelfreeze, and Billi Tucci to this year’s event. Get your tickets online!

Marty Baumann is an illustrator, graphic artist, and production designer. He has contributed to some of the most popular, Oscar-winning animated films of all time. Marty has worked as an artist at Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios as an illustrator, graphic artist, and production designer on such films as Toy Story 3Big Hero 6ZootopiaCars 2PlanesWreck-It Ralph 2, and many others. He also helped develop theme park installations, toy packaging, and Pixar corporate branding. Marty has rendered illustrations and developed characters for toy manufacturers, magazines, and newspapers, and illustrated children’s books, created logos, info-graphics, broadcast promotions, and presentation art for Hasbro, Universal Studios, National Geographic, Scholastic Books, Nickelodeon, and many others. Recent projects include his role as concept artist for the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the visual development of Sir Paul McCartney’s feature film, High in the Clouds.

In 30 years working in comics, Jim Calafiore has spent extended time at Valiant, DC, and Marvel, notably on Peter David’s Aquaman, Judd Winnick’s ExilesGotham Underground with Frank Tieri, Red Lanterns with Charles Soule, various Batman books, Deadpool, and Black Panther. After a run on the critically-acclaimed Secret Six with Gail Simone, they reunited with for their creator-owned Kickstarter success Leaving Megalopolis, and volume 2 of the saga, Surviving Megalopolis. Volume 3 is in the works.

Trish Forstner is from Baltimore, Maryland and is a relative newcomer to the comic industry but brings a lifetime of experience in creating fun, lovable characters. She’s been drawing since she could hold a pencil. Trish is inspired by classic animation and has drawn influence from many sources, particularly Classic 80s and 90s toons. You’ve seen her work in IDW’s My Little Pony comic series. Most recently she co-creates Stray Dogs with Tony Fleecs, published by Image Comics.

James Pascoe has been a freelance illustrator for over 30 years, most of it in the comics field. He has done inking, pencilling, painting and/or digital coloring for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and Valiant. His credits include AzraelEmpireBatman/Punisher, and Thor, among others. He also lovingly restores comic book and comic strip art with missing logos, balloons, and captions, does cover re-creations, and is currently illustrating the California Tarot – Shadows & Light tarot card deck.

Joe Staton has been drawing comics since he started working for Charlton Comics in 1971, where he co-created E-Man and Michael Mauser. Though the bulk of his work has been for DC Comics, at last count, Staton has worked for at least 30 publishers and 100 different editors. Among his many comics credits are Action ComicsGreen LanternThe LegionClassics Illustrated, and various incarnations of Batman. During his time on Green Lantern, he co-created several GLs, including Kilowog, Arisia, and Salakk. He also designed GL Guy Gardner’s “bad boy” look. More recently, with his writer-wife Hilarie, he produces medical comics such as Pete Learns All About Crohn’s and Colitis and Amy Goes Gluten-Free. In 1998, he received the Eisner Award for his work on World’s Finest: The Superman-Batman Adventures. He penciled over 100 issues of the Cartoon Network’s Scooby Doo comic. He illustrated a graphic novel adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Anthem for NAL and a graphic biography of Ronald Reagan. Since 2011, working with writer Mike Curtis, Joe has been the regular artist for the long-running Dick Tracy newspaper strip (available online at www.gocomics.com/dicktracy). Dick Tracy received Harvey Awards in 2013, 2014, and 2015 for Best Syndicated Strip or Feature.

Brian Stelfreeze, one of the original Gaijin Studios members, is a multi-talented artist, with experience and credits penciling, inking, coloring, painting, and even writing. His comic book covers have gained him much attention and lauding, and his run painting covers on DC Comics’ Shadow of the Bat for over 50 issues is noteworthy by itself. Brian’s creative output can be found on BOOM! Studios’ Day Men, Marvel Comics’ Black Panther, and be sure to pick up BOOM! Studios’ The Signature Art of Brian Stelfreeze to get a definitive look at the works of his publishing career.

Billy Tucci is an award-winning cartoonist best known for his modern-day samurai fable, Shi. Through Billy’s Crusade Fine Arts, the multi-Eisner Award-nominated Shi has been printed in five languages and sold more than 3 million comic books. He has also worked on a litany of projects for DC Comics, including Sgt. RockHarley QuinnFlash Vs. Superman, and Batman. His earnest retelling of the Christmas story, A Child Is Born, has quietly turned into an international blockbuster after winning the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award. 2021 celebrates Billy’s 27th Anniversary in comics with the release of the Shi: Return of the WarriorShi: Haikyo, and the Shi: Omnibus Vol. 1. He also illustrated Wonder Woman: Angel of Battle for DC Comics and wrote the comics return of June Tarpe’ Mills’ golden age icon, Miss Fury for Dynamite Entertainment.


2021 GUESTS

This year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Tom Akel (Stan Lee’s Backchannel, courtesy of Rocketship Entertainment), Chris Bachalo (Non-Stop Spider-Man), Art Baltazar (Big Alien Moon Crush), Marty Baumann (Disney/Pixar), John Beatty (Secret Wars), Carolyn Belefski (Curls), Brian Michael Bendis (Action Comics), Ziggy Blumenthal (Operation Pajama Pants), Russ Braun (The Boys), Brett Breeding (Superman), Reilly Brown (Deadpool), Greg Burnham (Tuskegee Heirs), Jim Calafiore (Welcome to Megalopolis), Chris Campana (The Adventures of Parker Reef), Castillo Studios, Cliff Chiang (Paper Girls), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Becky Cloonan (Dark Agnes), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Steve Conte (Action Figure Kingdom), Katie Cook (Nothing Special), Jamie Cosley (Light Side), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), J. Robert Deans (Crass Fed), John Dell (Lobo, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Vito Delsante (Stray), Todd Dezago (Perhapanauts), Jason Douglas (Parallel, courtesy of Source Point Press), Charles C. Dowd (Lilith Dark), Ryan Dunlavey (M.O.D.O.K. Reign Delay), Garth Ennis (The Boys, Friday and Saturday only), Trish Forstner (My Little Pony), Franco (The Ghost, The Owl), Bob Frantz (Metalshark Bro), John Gallagher (Max Meow: Cat Crusader), Kami Garcia (Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity), Mitch Gerads (Mr. Miracle), Joe Giella (Green Lantern), Mike Gold (Green Arrow), Michael Golden (Micronauts), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred), Laura Lee Gulledge (Page by Paige), Gene Ha (Mae), Scott Hanna (Icon and Rocket), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook), Glenn Hauman (They Keep Killing Glenn), Mike Hawthorne (Happiness Will Follow), Marc Hempel (The Sandman), Jamal Igle (Wrong Earth), Klaus Janson (Daredevil, Saturday only), Dave Johnson (The Good wiAsian), Chris Kemple (Artist Alley Comics), Tom King (Batman), Scott Koblish (Deadpool, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Leeanne M. Krecic (Let’s Play, courtesy of Rocketship Entertainment), Robert Lemieux (Life in the Comics), Joseph Michael Linsner (Red Sonja), Howard Mackie (Ghost Rider: Return of Vengeance), Chris Mariano (Claire Lost Her Bear At The World’s Fair), Mark Mariano (Far Out Firehouse), Whitney Matheson (Pandemix: Quarantine Comics in the Age of ‘Rona), Ian McGinty (Adventure Time), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Frank Miller (Dark Knight III: The Master Race, Saturday only), Karl Moline (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Mark Morales (The Next Batman: Second Son), Trevor Mueller (Albert the Alien), Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge), Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground), Jerry Ordway (The Power of Shazam), James Pascoe (Azrael), Andrew Pepoy (Simone & Ajax), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Sinestro: Year of the Villain), Khoi Pham (Star Wars: Crimson Reign), Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Christopher Priest (Black Panther, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Joe Quesada (Daredevil), Tom Raney (Guardians of the Galaxy), Amy Reeder (Wonder Woman: Black and Gold), Afua Richardson (Omni), Andrew Robinson (Halo), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Jennifer Rouse (Frankenstein Mobster), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Alex Saviuk (Web of Spider-Man), Stuart Sayger (Army of Darkness: 1979), Gregg Schigiel (SpongeBob Comics), Chris Schweizer (The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton), Doc Shaner (Strange Adventures), Jim Shooter (Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars), Matt Slay (Equilibrium), John K. Snyder III (Killers), Mika Song (Donut Feed the Squirrels), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Paul D. Storrie (Storm Kids: Stanley’s Ghost), Arthur Suydam (Merc with a Mouth), Martha Thomases (Dakota North), Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin), Ben Towle (Four-Fisted Tales: Animals in Combat), Tim Townsend (Non-Stop Spider-Man), Timothy Truman (Grimjack), Billy Tucci (Shi), Fred Van Lente (Action Philosophers), Brian K. Vaughan (Saga, Friday and Saturday only), Emilio Velez Jr. (The Dodgeball Teens), Robert Venditti (Hawkman), Mark Waid (Dr. Strange), Lee Weeks (Batman/Catwoman Special), Mark Wheatley (Songs of Giants), Emily S. Whitten (The Underfoot), Matt Wieringo (Stargate Atlantis: Gateways), Keith Williams (Thor the Worthy), Marcus Williams (Tuskegee Heirs), Renee Witterstaetter (Guardians of the Galaxy), Javier Cruz Winnik (Puerto Rico Strong), Rich Woodall (Electric Black), Gene Luen Yang (Superman Smashes the Klan), Kelly Yates (Doctor Who), and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).

Preview: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Legacy Edition Vol. 5

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Legacy Edition Vol. 5

(W) Tom Fassbender, Jim Pascoe, Fabian Nicieza (A) Cliff Richards (CA) Nimit Malavia
In Shops: Aug 25, 2021
SRP: $29.99

Set during the fifth and sixth seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series, the Scooby Gang deals with two of their greatest tragedies – the death of Joyce Summers and the death of the Slayer herself, Buffy.

Collects Buffy the Vampire Slayer #39-50, previously published by Dark Horse Comics. This volume also collects rare short stories including “Willow & Tara: Demonology Menagerie”, “Rock ‘N Roll All Night”, “Mall Rats” and “Angels We Have Seen on High.”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Legacy Edition Vol. 5

7 New Releases from Marvel, BOOM!, AAM-Markosia, Seven Seas, and Harlequin, Available Now!

There’s seven new releases available now on comiXology. You can get new releases from BOOM! Studios, AAM-Markosia, Seven Seas, Harlequin, and Marvel. Start shopping now or check out the releases below.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Legacy Edition Book Five

Written by Tom Fassbender, Fabian Nicieza, Jim Pascoe
Art by Cliff Richards
Cover by Nimit Malavia
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Set during the fifth and sixth seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series, the Scooby Gang deals with two of their greatest tragedies.

Joyce Summers is dead — but while Buffy and her friends must all cope with their pain, one of them holds a secret that might be the only way to stop a demon invasion.

Then, Buffy herself dies and without the Slayer, it seems like Sunnydale has been left defenseless. Now the Scooby Gang must discover if they have what it takes to protect their home — and bring their friend back to life!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Legacy Edition Book Five

Cruel Angel

Written by Sharon Kendrick
Art by Misuzu Sasaki
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Aspiring actress Cressida and handsome businessman Stefano fall madly in love and get married soon after they meet. After the ceremony, she is taken to Stefano’s luxurious mansion in Italy. However, their sweet honeymoon is soured when Cressida finds the language barrier and Stefano’s obsession with work alienating. Even though the mere touch of his lips is enough to make her numb, will that be enough to keep them together?

Cruel Angel

Dry #4

Written by Stephon Stewart
Art by David Cousens
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Chapter 4: Hope: The farmer and daughter find themselves battling with the transformed environment of the planet. At the brink of dehydration, they come across a stranger who invites them to his quarantined village. The farmer and daughter rehydrate gaining a second wind, while being ambushed by the villagers and climate phenomenon. They arrive at the coast, wondering if there’s a chance of redemption for themselves and Earth.

Dry #4

From Star Strings

Written by Akihito Tsukushi
Art by Akihito Tsukushi
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In Made in Abyss, bestselling creator Akihito Tsukushi took you deep into the earth. Now, in this riveting manga, he recounts the tale of an epic journey into the sky — and far, far beyond. When Kororu, a little girl living alone on a distant planet, finds a mysterious string hanging from the sky, she’s left with just one choice: to climb it. Where does the string lead? And will she survive the journey to the other end?

From Star Strings

la séduction du prince prodige Vol. 2: La Couronne De Castaldini

Written by Olivia Gates
Art by Min Kyuka
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Gabrielle, gérante de sa propre maison d’édition, continue la biographie du prince du oryaume méditerranéen de Castaldini. Mais le prince Durante a des gardes du corps et elle n’arrive pas à l’approcher. Sans autre solution, elle lui tend une embuscade lors d’une fête et suscite son intérêt avec une phrase : “J’ai un million de dollars. Avez-vous du temps à me consacrer ?” Sa demande amusera le prince au début, mais pourquoi deviendra-t-il si méprisant lors de leur prochaine rencontre ?

la séduction du prince prodige Vol. 2: La Couronne De Castaldini

The Plastic Empire #1

Written by Martin Green
Art by Martin Green
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Alternate version of earth in the distant future where the Roman Empire didn’t convert to Christianity and it’s now a corrupted version of the original faith. The Pope of the East is given an all-seeing eye by the Gods and is angered by the fact that the Roman druids and scientists have developed the technology to give plastic people (robots) a soul. The pope calls on an army of angels to mount a crusade against New Constantinople with the intention of purging the city and capturing a plastic person so their soul can be torn apart and the secrets of the Roman empire discovered.

The Plastic Empire #1

Wolverine/Deadpool: Weapon X

Written by Frank Tieri
Art by Sean Chen, Georges Jeanty
Cover by J.H. Williams III
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Collects Wolverine (1988) #162-166, Deadpool (1999) #57-60. Leading into WEAPON X: THE DRAFT! The shadow-ops organization that transformed Logan into the world’s most lethal killing machine returns — and its mysterious new director has big plans for Wolverine! But when Logan rebuffs the reconstituted Weapon X program, management is forced to settle for second best. Enter… Deadpool?! Unfortunately for Wade Wilson, his very first assignment may test the limits of his loyalty!

Wolverine/Deadpool: Weapon X

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Preview: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Legacy Edition Vol. 4

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Legacy Edition Vol. 4

(W) Tom EnJoe, Jim Pascoe, Tom Fassbender, Christopher Golden, Tim Sniegoski, Jamie S. Rich, Chynna Clugston Flores (A) Cliff Richards, Christian Zanier, Eric Powell, Chynna Clugston Flores (CA) Nimit Malavia
In Shops: Apr 28, 2021
SRP: $29.99

Set during the sixth season of the Buffy the Vampire television series, it’s time for the tragic – and violent – pasts of Giles and Angel collide!

But Sunnydale has more problems – Dawn has disappeared, Willow and Tara just wanna enjoy a peaceful weekend, and Spike and Dru broke up, which won’t be good for anyone.

Collects Buffy The Vampire Slayer #30-39 and Angel #16, along with “Haunted,” starring Faith from acclaimed Buffy writer Jane Espenson, previously published by Dark Horse Comics.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Legacy Edition Vol. 4
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