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Jim Steranko Takes You Through the Art of Storytelling at Baltimore Comic Con

Here’s your chance to connect with one of the field’s most influential creators! Sit in with comics legend Jim Steranko as he explores, examines, and explains the techniques that earned him a place among the medium’s giants – advanced techniques he has developed over a lifetime of experimentation. The INTENSE 4-HOUR WORKSHOP will provide a forum to answer your specific questions about mastering NARRATIVE ART – in comics, animation, and film! The most information-packed evening you’ll ever experience!

Steranko plans to run the group through an intense exploration and explanation of THE SECRETS OF THE COMICBOOK PAGE–on a personal one-on-one basis. The spectrum covered will extend from theory to technique, and focus extensively on powerful, sophisticated approaches that have earned him the premier position in the storytelling medium – including a wealth of material he will be REVEALING HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME!

A PowerPoint Slideshow will accompany the Masterclass, so that EVERY cool concept is delivered with graphic precision and easily understood. The FOUR-HOUR SESSION will be explosive with storytelling revelations that will help upcoming artists and writers launch their careers, aide full-time pros to develop a powerhouse narrative approach, and define an enhanced level of visual considerations to all comic-art collectors and connoisseurs.

DEVELOP A POWERFUL STORYTELLING APPROACH LIKE THE PROS! HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • The best kept secret in comics – even pros fail to unravel the mystery!
  • The biggest mistake fan artists and writers make in their work!
  • The language of panel imagery!
  • Creating pictures with meaning!
  • Composition secrets to make your story move like lightning!
  • What to show – and what not to show!
  • Creating visual/temporal continuity: What to draw next!
  • Unifying image and content!
  • Intuitive vs analytical approaches!
  • Understanding the narrative format!
  • Subliminal Storytelling: A surprising, new approach ever before revealed in any form!
  • Techniques the pros ignore: using the comics form to best advantage!
  • How to make science fiction and fantasy work in the comics!
  • Building dramatic scenes: Five easy stages!
  • Using cinematic technique in comicbook storytelling!
  • The ideal comics page!
  • When and why to use establishing shots, close-ups, two shots, angle shots, and trick shots!
  • Creating character conflict through panel composition!
  • The triumph of technique over subject matter!
  • Mastering double-page layouts!
  • Dramatic symbolism!
  • Composition secrets to make your story move like lightning!
  • What to show-and what not to show!
  • Capturing dramatic highpoints!
  • Orchestrating panels for maximum dramatic impact!
  • The Outline Method of Page Plotting!
  • Action panels vs dramatic panels!
  • Establishing relationships between shots for powerful storytelling!
  • The use of visual metaphors!
  • Understanding tempo and pacing!
  • Controlling the compression and expansion of time!
  • Techniques for creating action-packed narratives!
  • How to create suspense and tension for maximum reader interest!
  • Generating pyramiding conflict in the comics!
  • Achieving exciting narrative art through contrast!
  • Structural rhythm, repetition, and eye movement!
  • Storytelling without words!
  • The concept of cover art!
  • Traditional vs Experimental approaches!
  • How to submit samples that make a powerful impression!

Steranko will answer all your questions about the ART OF STORYTELLING in the most information-packed evening you’ll ever experience! AN EVENT THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR PERCEPTION OF THE COMICS FORM!

The seminar will begin about 7:30PM at HYATT REGENCY BALTIMORE at 300 Light Street on the evening of Saturday Sept 29, 2018. Limited attendance! Reserve your place now at MASTERING NARRATIVE TECHNIQUE (Four-Hour Session $100) by accessing supergraphics@prevue.net and emailing your confirmation to attend the event. Your presence there will be CONFIRMED BY EMAIL – along with the precise location of the session. AN EVENT THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR PERCEPTION OF THE COMICS FORM!

Thrilling Nostalgia Comics Debuts at Baltimore Comic-Con

Baltimore Comic-Con has announced a show exclusive: Thrilling Nostalgia Comics is debuting the #0 issue of their new comic series, The Liberty Brigade.The Liberty Brigade features brand new World War II adventures of many of the heroes of the 1940s. As part of the launch, you’ll find a gorgeous Sean Chen illustration of The Liberty Brigade on the cover of the Program Guide and as the official Baltimore Comic-Con t-shirt. Tickets for the Baltimore Comic-Con and Ringo Awards are now available.

The Liberty Brigade is launching as a 100+ page graphic novel on Kickstarter with a 500 print-run original prequel story available at the Baltimore Comic-Con. The Liberty Brigade consists of:

  • The Blue Flame
  • Cat-Man
  • Kitten
  • The Mad Hatter
  • Johnny Patriot (formerly Johnny Rebel)
  • The Green Turtle (the first Chinese Super-Hero in American comics)
  • Mr. Freedom
  • The Bill of Rights
  • The National Anthem

You’ll also find guest appearances by 1940 stalwarts TNT Todd (called TNT) and The Spark Man, as well as some major Golden Age villains including Professor Fenton, Mastermind, and the Rat.

The 24-page #0 issue sports a cover by Barry Kitson, interior art by Garry Gastonny and Joe Rubinstein and preview art from the graphic novel by Ron Frenz and Mark Buckingham. It also includes encyclopedia entries on several team members from Temporal Comics.

On Friday at 3:45pm in Room 339-342Michael FinnMark WaidMark BuckinghamBarry Kitson, and several other members of The Liberty Brigade creative team will be holding a panel to discuss the debut of the new comic.

This Golden Age revival story is a true passion project, as is evident in each and every panel and page. Aside from the 80+ page story, the graphic novel features one page origins of many of the heroes and villains by an amazing array of guest artists including: George Perez, Alan Davis, Mark Buckingham, Doug Braithwaite, John Totleben, Paul Renaud, Garry Leach, Ron Wilson, Mark Morales, Steve Conley, Mike Lilly, Jim Steranko, Sal Buscema, and many more!

To support this amazing project please back the Kickstarter or head on over to the official site where you can find a link and join from there. Many of the artists working on the project have individual tier levels to earn commissions, signed issues, and many more amazing rewards are available.

Jim Steranko Joins Comic Luminaries at the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor comes to life this September 28-30 as the Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center. Tickets are now on sale. The Baltimore Comic-Con has announced the return of Jim Steranko to the Baltimore Comic-Con! Jim is joined by comic luminaries Joe Giella, Paul Levitz, and Hero Initiative guest Denny O’Neil.

Jim Steranko has cut a ferocious path through the entertainment arts, with a dozen successful careers to his credit: author, magician, illustrator, escape artist, historian. He is cited as one of the prime architects of Marvel Comics and the co-creator of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. He also wrote and drew Captain America, The Hulk, Superman, and The X-Men (for which he designed the classic title logo); generated more than 150 original storytelling devices and techniques that changed the direction of the comics medium; and evolved a devoted cult of followers who have nicknamed him The Innovator. Wizard magazine credits Steranko as the 5th Most Influential Artist in the history of the form. He has painted a multitude of movie posters, record albums, and book covers; and in 1975, created Red Tide, the First Modern Graphic Novel. As the editor-publisher of the international newsstand entertainment magazine Prevue, he conducted hundreds of superstar interviews and penned more than three million words. He numbers among his friends and associates writers Mickey Spillane, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ray Bradbury; the animation giants Ralph Bakshi and Shamus Culhane; and directors Federico Fellini, John Huston, and Orson Welles. As a musician, he gigged with Bill Haley in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll; as a pop-culture icon, he has appeared at more than 350 international events and exhibited his work worldwide, including at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC and the Louvre in Paris; his two volumes of The History of Comics have sold more than 100,000 copies each; as an escape artist, his death-defying performances inspired the character Mister Miracle and, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, he was the man upon which the protagonist of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Klay was based; and more-photographer, ad agency art director, sideshow fire-eater, male model, typographer, designer…the list goes on. As a filmmaker, he collaborated with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas – for whom he created the look of Indiana Jones – and Francis Ford Coppola on some of their most popular films. He served as Creative Consultant for the History Channel’s two-hour documentary Comic-Book Superheroes-Unmasked; shook up Twitter with his innovative TNT technique (visit his live Sunday-night sessions by typing in iamsteranko); and is currently prepping An Evening with Steranko for theatrical venues across the country.

His recent Captain America covers topped Marvel sales charts; the IDW SHIELD Artist’s Edition sold out before publication (and won an Eisner Award); and the 2017 Overstreet Price Guide – with his Batman cover – had record-breaking sales. His covers on the record-setting Action 1000 and Captain America 700 have polled as fan favorites. Over the past several decades, he has amassed more than 100 highly-commercial Intellectual Properties, his Theatre of Concepts, which range from children’s interactive-learning entertainments to high-action adult digital gaming, from science fiction to superheroes. His vision is to shape, structure, and synthesize character-driven projects with state-of- the-art technology for the World of Tomorrow. And he’s still the best-dressed man in comics.

Joe Giella returns to the Baltimore Comic-Con for a rare appearance. The oldest living artist to have worked on Batman, this Golden and Silver Age creator worked at Timely, Marvel, and DC Comics as a penciller and inker. In addition to working on the comic, Giella provided pencils and inks on the Batman syndicated strip, as well as the syndicated Flash Gordon, The Phamtom, Mary Worth, and Sherlock Holmes comic strips. The United States Postal Service honored Giella by using two of his pieces of art for their 2006 “DC Super Heroes” collection of postage stamps. He has been honored with an Ink Pot Award, as well as being presented with the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement award at the 2016 Harvey Awards ceremony.

Paul Levitz has been a mainstay at DC Comics since 1972, serving as a writer, editor, and President (2002 – 2009) over the tenure of his career. His name is synonymous with the Legion of Super-Heroes, which he wrote from 1977-1979 and 1981-1989, and he created such notable characters as the Stalker, the Earth-2 Huntress, and Lucien the Librarian. Levitz has since returned to writing the Legion of Super-Heroes for the New 52, as well as the Earth-2 centric book, World’s Finest. After ending his career as DC Comics employee, Levitz moved onto the next phase of his career, accepting a Board of Directors position with BOOM! Studios. He has recently contributed Brooklyn Blood to Dark Horse Presents from Dark Horse Comics and guest edited and contributed an essay to DC’s Action Comics #1000.

A board member of Hero Initiative, retired writer and editor Denny O’Neil spent much of his career making an indelible mark at Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Initially brought on as a writer at Marvel, he had a hand in writing or scripting diverse titles including Strange Tales, X-Men, Millie the Model, and Rawhide Kid. After a year at Charlton Comics, he followed editor Dick Giordano to DC Comics, where he assumed writing duties for Beware the Creeper, Wonder Woman, Justice League of America, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and, perhaps most notably, Batman. On that title, he embraced the dark roots of the character, creating and defining the tone for numerous characters from the series. He returned to Marvel in the 1980s, assuming writing chores on Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Iron Man where he once again created numerous recurring characters in the respective titles’ mythos. He also served as an editor during his Marvel stint on numerous titles and runs before returning as Batman Group editor at DC, where he also wrote The Question, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, and Batman: Sword of Azrael.

Captain America Reaches #700 in April

This spring, “Out of Time” will culminate with the release of Captain America’s milestone 700th issue, concluding the arc in an oversized story from creators Mark Waid and Chris Samnee!

Frozen in time, awakened in a decimated future and once again a man out of his era, there is only one way for Steve Rogers to restore order and rebuild civilization—and that’s to rule it as King Captain America!

The issue also features Mark Waid delivering an untold tale from Captain America’s past, featuring the classic artwork of Jack Kirby!

Don’t miss the conclusion of an arc that has seen some of Steve Rogers’ most epic adventures in Captain America #700, on sale this spring!

Captain America #700 features a cover by Samnee and variants by Jim Lee and Jim Steranko and comes to shelves April 4, 2018.

Marvel is Celebrating Captain America’s 75th with a Year of Steranko Variants

When it comes to names of creators who boldly mastered the patriotic majesty of Captain America, Jim Steranko is a name that will always rise to the top!

A graphic artist viewed as the most pioneering comic book creator of our time, and one of the most influential artists in the history of the comics, Marvel is proud to announce the return of Jim Steranko as he brings his narrative innovations back to a series of variant covers devoted to Captain America through the years.

Continuing through 2016 and into 2017, Marvel will be presenting monthly Jim Steranko Variant covers assigned with some of the most popular Marvel Comics:

  • Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega #1
  • Steve Rogers: Captain America #1
  • Civil War II #2
  • Uncanny Avengers #11
  • Black Panther #5
  • Sam Wilson: Captain America #13
  • Civil War II #7

Marvel will continue to announce new additions to celebrate Cap’s 75th!

Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 Returns to Action this May!

The original Sentinel of Liberty returns! Recently restored to his super-powered self, Steve Rogers makes his triumphant return to the red, white and blue this May in the all-new Captain America: Steve Rogers #1! Hot off the blockbuster Avengers: Standoff crossover, creators Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz bring Steve back into the field with a new mission, a new costume, a new shield and wall-to-wall action!

He may be back but the celebration will be short lived. Steve isn’t the only one who’s returned stronger than ever. Hydra has re-emerged. Led by his greatest foe, the Red Skull, Hydra has begun to worm its way into every corner of the Marvel Universe. Anyone can be a threat. Trust no one. Even a restored Captain America may not be enough to stop the far reaching tentacles of Hydra.

With a rallying cry of “Avengers Assemble”, the Sentinel of Liberty charges headlong into the fight once more. But will his first day back on the job be his last? Find out this May!

CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #1 (MAR160721)
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art & Cover by JESUS SAIZ
Variant Covers by STEVE EPTING (MAR160722) and SKOTTIE YOUNG (MAR160724) and JIM STERANKO (JAN168400)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAR160723)
Hip-Hop Variant by JEFFREY VEREGGE (MAR160726)
Age of Apocalypse Variant Cover by PAUL RENAUD (MAR160725)
Captain America 75th Anniversary Variant by GREG HILDEBRANT (MAR160727)
FOC – 05/02/16, On-Sale – 05/25/16

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The Explosive Finale! Your First Look at Avengers Srandoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega #1!

This is it! The moment you’ve been waiting for! Heroes from across the Marvel Universe converge on Pleasant Hill to face-off with an army of super villains! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside Avengers Srandoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega #1 – the epic conclusion, brought to you by creators Nick Spencer and Daniel Acuna! S.H.I.E.L.D.’s clandestine secret prison Pleasant Hill lies in ruins. The villainous Baron Zemo and the super villain inmates of Pleasant Hill stand upon the verge of victory. Should S.H.I.E.L.D.’s reality-warping technology KOBIK fall into their hands, the Marvel Universe will bend to their will.

All that stands between them and total annihilation are a small band of Avengers. But who is that leading them? None other than the restored Steve Rogers! With the original Captain America at the helm, they just may stand a chance. And seeds sown here will set the stage for major things to come in the Marvel Universe! The return of Steve Rogers, the formation of the all-new Thunderbolts and more! The can’t-miss ending to Avengers: Standoff comes to comic shops and digital devices this April!

AVENGERS STANDOFF: ASSAULT ON PLEASANT HILL OMEGA #1 (FEB160815)
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art & Cover by DANIEL ACUNA
Variant Cover by JIM STERANKO (JAN168399)
Connecting Variant B by ART ADAMS (FEB160816)
Wraparound Variant by MIKE DEODATO (FEB160817)
FOC – 04/04/16, On-Sale – 04/27/15

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Celebrate 50 Years of S.H.I.E.L.D. – A New Look at S.H.I.E.L.D. #9!

This August, celebrate a half century of Marvel’s premier intelligence agency in one colossal issue! Today, Marvel has released a new look at S.H.I.E.L.D. #9 – the oversized anniversary special! Be there when blockbuster writer Mark Waid and artist Lee Ferguson answer a question 50 years in the making. A question that lies at the heart of the creation of SHIELD – who is the “Man Called D.E.A.T.H.”?! This full length story features a never-before-published S.H.I.E.L.D. sequence penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Jim Steranko!

Then, Al Ewing and Stefano Caselli bring you the terrifying origin of the new Howling Commandos! Before they spin out into their very own series later this year, witness the return of Dum Dum Dugan as he steps from the shadows to assemble a team truly unlike any you’ve seen before!

Rounding out this massive issue, S.H.I.E.L.D. #9 also includes the very first S.H.I.E.L.D. story by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby! Be there as a half-century celebration of espionage and intrigue comes to comic shops this August!

S.H.I.E.L.D. #9 (JUN150809)
Written by MARK WAID, AL EWING & STAN LEE
Art by LEE FERGUSON, STEFANO CASELLI & JACK KIRBY
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
Howling Commandos Variant by ART ADAMS (JUN150810)
Variant Cover by JACK KIRBY & JIM STERANKO (JUN150811)
Black & White Kirby & Steranko Variant Also Available (JUN150812)
FOC – 08/03/15, On-Sale – 08/26/15

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Celebrate 50 Years of S.H.I.E.L.D. With Marvel Comics in 2015!

SHIELD_50th_Anniversary LogoCelebrate half a century of Marvel’s premier intelligence agency in 2015 as they proudly commemorate the S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary! When Stan Lee and Jack Kirby first introduced S.H.I.E.L.D. in the pages of 1965’s Strange Tales #135, boldly proclaiming it “The Greatest Action-Thriller of All Time!” – the landscape of the Marvel Universe would be changed forever. Now, half a century later, S.H.I.E.L.D. has made the jump beyond the comic page – bringing us some of the most iconic stories and memorable characters in all of popular culture. Join us as we celebrate this monumental legacy with exciting new projects throughout 2015!

First, this August, S.H.I.E.L.D. #9 answers a question half a century in the making. A mystery that lies at the heart of the origins of S.H.I.E.L.D. – who is the “Man Called D.E.A.T.H.”?! Written by Mark Waid with art by Lee Ferguson – this special, oversized anniversary issue features a never before published S.H.I.E.L.D. sequence penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Jim Steranko! Plus – Al Ewing brings you a second story featuring the return of Dum Dum Dugan and the birth of the new Howling Commandos! Along with the very first S.H.I.E.L.D. story from 1965 and the original sequence that inspired S.H.I.E.L.D.’s creation – this is not one to miss!

Then in September – find out what S.H.I.E.L.D. means to the Marvel Universe with the S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary Specials. Five weekly one shots about the men and women who stand on the front lines, shoulder to shoulder, ready to take on Hydra, A.I.M. and the worst the Marvel Universe has to offer! From some of the best and brightest talent in the comic industry comes action packed new specials starring Nick Fury, Agent Melinda May, Mockingbird, Quake and Agent Peggy Carter! Featuring writers David Walker, Jody Houser, Chelsea Cain, Kathryn Immonen, Matt Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon – prepare to see S.H.I.E.L.D. in a completely new way!

Plus don’t miss these other exciting projects later this year celebrating the legacy of S.H.I.E.L.D.! This June, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. comes to your favorite Marvel Comics for The Art of Evolution Variants. Featuring stunning artwork commemorating episodes from the show’s second season, these gorgeous pieces covers will be coming to these twelve titles:

  • Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies #1
  • Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1
  • Armor Wars #1
  • Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps #1
  • Civil War #1
  • Guardians of Knowhere #1
  • Hail Hydra #1
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. #7
  • Siege #1
  • Squadron Sinister #1
  • Thors #1
  • Weridworld #1

Then, experience the original groundbreaking espionage adventures as Marvel proudly presents S.H.I.E.L.D. by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby: The Complete Collection TPB and S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Complete Collection Omnibus. You’ve been granted Priority A-1 Clearance, so get ready to dive into the world of S.H.I.E.L.D. with these two can’t miss collections in September!

An A1 Annual Teaser

A1 ANNUAL

Writer(s): Ron Marz, Matt Wagner, Dave Johnson, Tom Raney, Rufus Dayglo, Andy Kuhn, Dave Dorman, Mark A. Nelson, W.H. Rauf and more…
Artist Name(s): Jim Steranko, Dave Wilkins, Sami Basri, Alex Horley, Tom Raney, Brian Smith, D’Israeli, Garrie Gastonny, Mark A. Nelson, Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau, Garry Leach, Dave Johnson, Barnaby Bagenda, Sakti Yuwono, Dave Dorman, Steve White, Kai Lim, Andy Kuhn, Philip Tan, Rhoald Marcellius, Michael T. Gilbert, Sunny Gho, Doug Braithwaite and more…
176pp
Titan Comics/Atomeka
Released 26/11/2013

A1 has always been a laboratory for creators to experiment and innovate, to break away from corporate creations and unleash their own ideas. Already proving a success with the new monthly comic book, this first all-new A1 Annual marks the thrilling return of the award-winning graphic anthology series to bookshelves everywhere!

Inside these oversized pages, a Who’s Who of comics’ talent – past, present and future – spread their imaginative wings across a gripping selection of all-new short stories. Which ones will be the breakout, creator-owned characters of tomorrow?!

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