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Review: Leon: Protector of the Playground

Growing up as a child of the 1980s, Saturday Morning Cartoons was an actual event. Me, my sister, and my cousins would gather around the TV to watch our favorite shows and geek out over what happened in them. Many of the cartoons focused on fantastical elements and it was nice to travel to a different world, even if it was for just a half hour. It was rare for us to relate to the cartoons that we watched as much of what we saw never quite resembled us.

This all changed when we started watching Fat Albert & The Cosby Kids. Suddenly we started seeing images that resembled where we were growing up and presented a different shade than what we were used to seeing on television. The show not only gave us stories that were plausible, but they gave us the Brown Hornet, one of the first black superheroes on a cartoon. As the world has evolved and normalized to seeing it how is and not how it was, characters like the Brown Hornet endures. It was a positive representation of a persons of color, is what kids all over the world hang on to. In Jamar Nicholas’ Leon: Protector Of The Playground, we get one such hero, which not children of color can follow but any child can.

In “Back To School Shopping,” we meet Leon and his mother, Miss Magnificent, as he tries on different superhero suits to go back to school with, as we quickly find out even superheroes have tough taskmasters for mothers. In “First Day Of School,” we find our protagonist goes to a normal school, where he is the only superhero and where he is the center of attention and he has his own archnemesis, a girl named Clementine, and we are introduced to his rogues gallery, who all reside in the Treehouse of Tyranny. In “After School Special,” he vents to a local bakery owner of his woes at school, and the reader also sees his lair, The Magnificent Cave, which looks very much like a certain Dark Knight. In “A Problem with Bullies,” we meet the Tardy Boys, a group of ragamuffins,, who are all in detention , and are planning a caper which will set them free, that is until Leon and his friend, Carlos, who is in a bird costume, stops them in their tracks,  but that is not the only trouble the dup runs into, as the Brahma Bully,  as the reader sees his full power in action, common sense. In “Career Day,” his friends are frozen, and he must rescue them, as he enters Clementine’s interdimensional hyperspace bridge, to find out that the villain, The Monocle, has taken over the school, and which Leon, his friends and some retired superheroes fight to rescue the students, which they defeat including Leon beating Freon, the Ice Monster.

Overall, it’s a fun graphic novel which remembers that comics are for kids too. The story by Nicholas is clever, witty, and action packed. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, this is a hero we can all get behind, as what Iron Man and Batman would be, if they were smarter.

Story: Jamar Nicholas Art: Jamar Nicholas, Raen Ngu, and John Gallagher
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling April 29th

This Sunday, April 29th, the Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling returns for its 2nd annual event! Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling is a good old-fashioned comic book show with rows and rows of comic book dealers from around the country selling comics and collectibles from the ancient to the very modern, and some amazing comic guests as well — and admission is free!

The Spring Fling has announced the addition of Pixar and Disney artist, Marty Baumann to our line-up of guests for Spring Fling 2018!

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 3, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Cars 2, Planes, Wreck-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.

Ringo Award winner and Harvey and Eisner award nominee Frank Cho launched his career as a comic strip artist at the University of Maryland-College Park student newspaper, penning University2, which was the predecessor of his creator-owned syndicated strip and comic series, Liberty Meadows. His body of work also includes Marvel Comics’ New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Shanna the She-Devil, New Ultimates, and X-Men: Schism, as well as Jungle Girl for Dynamite Entertainment. His recent work can be seen in BOOM! Studios’ Skybourne, and on covers from DC Comics’ Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman.

Long-time friend of the show, Ringo, Harvey, and Eisner Award nominee, and guest since our inception in 2000 (!), artist and writer Steve Conley has contributed to numerous comic titles, both printed and on-line. His Astounding Space Thrills was self-published, published by Image Comics, and collected as a trade paperback by IDW. He has been featured in titles such as JLA-Z from DC Comics, Star Trek: Year Four from IDW, and Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Escapist from Dark Horse Comics. His creator-owned Bloop, is available through his online store in print or soft copy editions, and you can read his webcomic, The Middle Age, on his website.

John Gallagher is the award-winning artist and writer of graphic novels Buzzboy and Roboy Red (with Rich Faber). John teamed with sons Jack and Will to create a kids book, E.P.I.C. Bros., about two kids whose superhero dad is always out saving the world, and they pass the time using his gizmos for lovable mayhem. Jack and Will follow in the footsteps of big sister Katie, who teamed with her dad to create Zoey and Ketchup. John’s Buzzboy is back from American Mythology Productions in Buzzboy Go Digital Monster Mayhem, where he has also contributed to the recently relaunched Casper the Friendly Ghost and The Inspector. When not creating comics, John is executive director of Kids Love Comics and works as art director for Ranger Rick magazine.

Mark Morales has established himself as one of the industry’s go-to inkers for major titles and events for the big publishers. He has inked a vast number of titles at Marvel Comics including, among many others, A+X, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers vs. X-Men, New Avengers, Secret Invasion, Sentry, Siege, Thor, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, X-Force, and X-Men. He has also done work for DC Comics on titles like Action Comics, Batman/Superman, JLA, New Suicide Squad, Prez, and Superman: The Man of Steel. He was also awarded the Harvey Award for Best Inker in 2009 and 2011.

And, as a special Hero Initiative guest, Tom King. The Ringo and Eisner Award winner is currently the writer of Batman at DC Comics, where he has also written Mister Miracle, Grayson, The Omega Men, DC Nation, Swamp Thing Winter Special, and has a story in Action Comics #1000, not to mention his award-winning work at Marvel on The Vision. King’s first book, A Once Crowded Sky, a postmodern super hero novel, was recognized by USA Today as one of the best Graphic Novels of the year. He was named by the Hollywood Reporter as one of the five comic creators to watch in 2015.

Tom will be signing from 1pm-3pm at the Hero Initiative booth, accepting donations for signatures. Tom requests that no graded books be brought for autographs and appreciates his fans’ understanding.

So here are the details:
When: Sunday April 29. 10-5
Where: BWI Airport Marriott, 1743 West Nursery Road, Linthicum, MD 20190
How much: FREE!

Jay Baruchel Heads to Capital City Comic Con in March

Chapterhouse Publishing’s CCO Jay Baruchel will appear at Capital City Comic Con in Victoria, British Columbia. Chapterhouse will be present for the entire weekend from March 16th – 18th with Jay appearing on the Saturday and Sunday.

Baruchel will be at the Chapterhouse Booth #19 to meet the fans and sign comics alongside Captain Canuck creator Richard Comely and Fantomah’s Soo Lee. Also in attendance as part of the Chapterhouse family will be J. Torres, John Gallagher, Ed Brisson, and Gisele Lagace.

On Saturday March 17th, he will appear as part of the Chapterhouse panel hosted by Tony White. The panel will commence at 3.30pm in the VCC Theatre with Jay, Chapterhouse Founder and CEO Fadi Hakim, and Richard Comely chatting about all the latest Chapterhouse news, and will feature a Q+A. There will also be a host of other Chapterhouse panels over the weekend, including sketch battles and workshops.

This is Jay’s first comic con appearance this year on the run up to Free Comic Book Day on May5th 2018, which sees Chapterhouse bring together some of the biggest and best heroes of the Chapterverse for Invasion.

Review: Captain Canuck Season 3 #1

The Chapterverse continues! Captain Canuck returns with a brand new first issue! Tom Evans has walked away from Equilibrium, his brother Michael, and the mantle of Captain Canuck, choosing to return instead to a simple life on the reservation near Flin Flon where he grew up. What a terrible time for an extraterrestrial incursion!

Captain Canuck is back in a brand new volume that’s a continuation of what’s come before and serves as a decent jumping on point for new readers. Writer Kalman Andrasofszky delivers a “debut” issue that has Captain Canuck retired in a way, walking away from what he saw as needless escalation and a focus on protecting the “haves.” That part to me is the most interesting and Adrasofszky subtlely puts in some Canadian history and politics into it all that might not be apparent for non-Canadian readers. Talk of First Nation and areas left behind has really kicked up recently in Canada and this issue is no stranger to addressing that and in a way may create an even bigger way for Canada’s hero to stand out from his American counterparts. Go small instead of big.

The issue is set up though with an alien incursion threatening and we don’t get Captain Canuck in suit battling away. Instead the issue is a lot of background, which isn’t bad as it’s an easy way to catch up even for long time readers. So, those looking for the Maple Leaf to do battle will be dissapointed but instead what we get is a tension build up of a comic that’ll hopefully lead to something really interesting.

The art by Leonard Kirk is solid as it bounces around in locations and situations. Quieter talks, high-tech bases, alien battles, it’s all here and it flows effortlessly in a way that’s dynamic and entertaining. The art like the writing is engaging and helps draw the reader in.

Basically, this is a comic without it’s lead character in many ways and feels a little like when Captain America walked away from his title, which isn’t a bad thing. The issue builds to what I assume is an eventual return and more importantly builds the world that is the Chapterverse, an under the radar superhero universe that’s one that should be checked out.

Story: Kalman Andrasofszky Art: Leonard Kirk Cover: John Gallagher
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

Chapterhouse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: 68: Homefront #3

68: Homefront #3

Story By: Mark Kidwell
Art By: Kyle Charles
Art By: Jay Fotos
Cover By: Nat Jones
Variant Cover By: John Gallagher
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: ICSEP140708
Published: November 5, 2014

The winter snows run red and the northern lights shine on the dead as ’68: HOMEFRONT travels to Black Falls, Canada for the opening chapter of the all-new two-issue story arc “DODGERS.” Doug and Bobby Hacker, twin teenagers running from the draft, running from the specter of death in Vietnam, find more than they bargained for as slavering sled dogs, rotting Mounties, and a vicious, desperate mountain man bring the undead contagion to the frozen north.

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Free Comic Book Day at Cards, Comics and Collectibles!

Free Comic Book Day at Cards, Comics and Collectibles

From the Store that Brings You the Baltimore Comic-Con…

Cards Comics Collectibles graphicREISTERSTOWN, MD – May 3, 2012 – In honor of 2012’s Free Comic Book Day promotion, Cards, Comics and Collectibles of Reisterstown, MD will be celebrating along with the rest of the nation on May 5, 2012.  Come and meet Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik from 11am-3pm and artists John Gallagher (Buzzboy, Roboy Red) and Steve Conley (Star Trek, Bloop!) sketching and signing all day!  Steve will have 100 free limited edition 11″x17″ Bloop! Free Comic Book Day prints as well (while supplies last!).

Prizes will be given away all day for people who come in costume!FCBD Bloop Print

FCBD Specials — We will be having sales throughout the store, including modern back-issues in bins for only one dollar! Come see character appearances by Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America between 11am and 1pm!  And don’t forget we’re also giving away free comics while they last!  Our hours for Free Comic Book Day are 11am-7pm.

Don’t forget to ask us about plans for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con!  We’ll see you there!
Our address:  100 A Chartley Dr., Reisterstown, MD  21136
For more information, call Cards, Comics and Collectibles: 410-526-7410

Happy New Year from the Baltimore Comic-Con!

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Baltimore Comic-Con’s Happy New Year!

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – December 31, 2011 – Happy New Year to the friends and partners of the Baltimore Comic-Con!  The show may not be until September 8-9, 2012, but we’ve been very busy lately lining up some absolutely amazing guests for our 13th annual event!

We are very proud to announce our initial guest list for what will surely become the largest Baltimore Comic-Con yet!

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Laura & Michael AllredMadman, iZombie  Greg CapulloBatman, Spawn

Frank ChoAvengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows

Steve ConleyBloop

Rich FaberRoboy Red

John GallagherBuzzboy

Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman

Keith GiffenSuperman, OMAC, Green Arrow

Larry HamaG.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam

Dean HaspielBilly Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City

J.G. JonesWanted, Doc Savage

Scott KurtzPvPonline.com

David MackKabuki

David PetersenMouse Guard

Frank QuitelyAll Star Superman, Batman & Robin

Walter SimonsonThor, Legion of Super-Heroes

Scott SnyderBatman , Severed, Swamp Thing

Billy TucciA Child Is Born, Shi 

Matt Wagner – Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel

Mark WaidDaredevil, Incorruptible, Irredemable

If you are a comic book fan, you need to come to Baltimore this coming September!  We cover the entire industry, bringing your favorite creators from yesterday, today, and tomorrow, publishers big and small, and retailers offering everything from gold, silver, bronze, and modern comics to videos to clothing and so much more.

In addition, we provide great programming at the show, including panels on creator spotlights, creative teams, publishers, techniques, and, of course, our extremely popular Costume Contest.  Whether you are a die-hard cosplayer awaiting the chance to premiere your new creation, a casual participant, you have kids who want to dress up, or you just want to see some of the most creative costumes in the world, our costume contest is great fun for everybody!

Mark your calendars – September 8-9, 2012!  And keep watching for more great news throughout the year on guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest information can always be found on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. Don’t forget to share this information with your friends and followers on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and other social media sites!

Comic Book Diner Presents: BCC Kids Comics Pavilion

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Comic Book Diner Presents: BCC Kids Comics Pavilion

Kids’ Comics Creators Serve Up Fun at Baltimore Comic-Con!
Jeff Smith (Bone) & Archie Comics Creator Dan Parent Headline All-Ages Fun in Charm City!

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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – August 5, 2011 –  Kids 10 and Under get in free at the Baltimore Comic-Con Aug 20-21 at the Baltimore Convention Center, and artists and writers from such companies as Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Disney, Pixar, Marvel & DC will be on hand to sketch, say hi, and sell their books. Comic Book Diner, presented by the Comic Book Diner Comics Studio and Podcast, is an all-ages section in the show full of comics, activities, and even a craft area where kids can create their own super hero capes!

“The Baltimore Comic-Con is a great family comics show,” said John Gallagher, creator of the Buzzboy graphic novel series, and director of the Kids section, “and it is exciting to introduce young people to the magic of sequential art.” Gallagher is one of the three Comic Book Diner creators, along with Rich Faber (Roboy Red) and Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground). Also at the show will be comics legend Stan Lee, as well as Jeff Smith, creator of the million-selling “Bone” graphic novel series. Archie Comics artist/writer Dan Parent will be on hand, as well as Jimmy Gownley, creator of the hit “Amelia Rules!” graphic novels. Also displaying their kid-friendly art and comics:

Dan Parent (Archie, Veronica, Kevin Keller)

Frank Cammuso ( Knights of the Lunch Table, Otto’s Orange Day)

Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!)

Steve Conley (Bloop, Star Trek)

Mark McKenna (Star Wars, Banana Tail)

SL Gallant (GI JOE)

Marty Baumann (Pixar Artist, Crater Kid)

Scott Cohn (GI JOE)

Ted Tucker (Disney Artist, Lunar Donut)

Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space)

Harold Buchholz (Wild Lion, Archie Comics)

Jason Horn (Ninjasaur)

Rich Faber (Roboy Red)

Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground)

John Gallagher (Buzzboy, Zoey & Ketchup)

There will be two East Coast Comics debuts:  Gallagher’s Buzzboy: Sidekicks Rule Graphic Novel, and Faber’s Roboy Red Graphic Novel, both available together in soft cover and hardcover! Those interested in finding out more about the Comic Book Diner Presents: BCC Kids Comics Pavilion can visit http://www.comicbookdiner.com or http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

A complete list of confirmed guests for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con can be found here.

Save the Date! Baltimore Comic-Con 2012!

That’s right! Mark your calendars now for next year’s Baltimore Comic-Con, which will take place the weekend of September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center, and we’ll see YOU in Baltimore!

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Attending the Baltimore Comic-Con? Show your support online!

Simply change your social network (Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc.) avatar pictures to the “See You in Baltimore!” image and let the world know you’re attending the show!

In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace pages.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 21st.

About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.