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Davis, Giella, Moore, Truman, and Venditti Return to Baltimore Comic-Con 2020

Come to the 2020 Baltimore Comic-Con October 23-25 at the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center. The convention welcomes back returning guests Shane Davis, Joe Giella, Terry Moore, Timothy Truman, and Robert VendittiClick here to purchase your tickets!

Shane Davis

Shane Davis is an American comic book artist best known for his New York Times Bestseller graphic novel Superman: Earth One volumes 1 and 2. He has worked for DC Comics, Marvel Entertainment, and Legendary Comics. He is the writer and artist of Axcend, his first creator-owned project. He is currently working on a Metal Men maxi-series at DC Comics.

Joe Giella

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 GordonThe PhantomMary 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.

Terry Moore

Indie powerhouse Terry Moore began his career in comics with the critically acclaimed epic series Strangers in Paradise, the compelling love story between three unlikely friends who find themselves bound together by their pasts. The long running series garnered many awards, including the coveted Eisner Award for Best Serialized Story and the National Cartoonists Society Comic Book Division Reuben Award. Strangers in Paradise has been translated into nineteen languages and is as popular today as when it was first published in 1993. In 2018, Terry marked 25 years of Strangers in Paradise with new stories in a ten-issue limited series, Strangers in Paradise XXV. Moore has created many award-winning series, including Motor Girl, the story of a wounded warrior and her imaginary best friend, Rachel Rising, a horror comic with a ten-year old serial killer named Zoe, and Echo, a science fiction thriller. In 2020, Terry concludes the exciting series, Five Years, that brings together characters from all of his series in one heart-stopping story. The recipient of numerous industry awards worldwide, Moore continues to create strong female characters in extraordinary stories that touch the hearts of readers around the world. In addition to publishing work under his own label, Abstract Studio, Moore has worked for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, BOOM! Studios, and other major publishers throughout his career.

Timothy Truman

Timothy Truman is known as one of the most original storytellers and stylists in the American comic book industry. His work on Grimjack was on the leading edge of the “grim and gritty” comics of the ’80’s. Truman continued his tear through the indy scene with Scout and Scout: War Shaman. Timothy took his brand of detailed, character-driven adventure to DC for Hawkworld, for which he received the 1991 European Haxtur Award. His interest in frontier and Native American history led him to write, draw, and publish the graphic novel Wilderness: The True Story of Simon Girty. With writer Joe R. Lansdale, he revamped the DC Western anti-hero Jonah Hex, which won the Bram Stoker Award in 1996 and The Lone Ranger and Tonto for Topps. Other projects have included Star WarsTime BeaversThe SpiderTurok: Dinosaur HunterThe ProwlerJustice League: Gatekeeper, and Dark Horse Comics’ bestselling Conan and King Conan. Timothy teamed up with his son, writer Benjamin Truman, to produce the acclaimed horror-western graphic novel A Man Named Hawken and, most recently, Scout: Marauder, the long-awaited sequel to the original Scout series. As a commercial illustrator, Timothy has painted book covers for Bantam Books, Subterranean Press, and Learning A-Z, and worked on projects with such musical acts as The Grateful Dead, Santana, Hot Tuna, Jim Lauderdale, Robert Hunter, and Rory Gallagher. For more information about Timothy and his work, visit his website at www.timothytruman.com or follow him on Facebook.

Robert Venditti

Robert Venditti is a New York Times best-selling author whose characters and concepts have been adapted to film and television. He has written the monthly comic book series X-O Manowar for Valiant Entertainment, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern CorpsGreen Lantern, and The Flash for DC Comics, and the children’s novel series Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape for Simon & Schuster. His current projects include Justice LeagueHawkman, and the Vertigo graphic novel Six Days, inspired by the story of his uncle’s participation in D-Day.

In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Marty Baumann (Disney/Pixar), John Beatty (Secret Wars), Brian Michael Bendis (Action Comics), Brett Breeding (Superman), Howard Chaykin (Hey Kids! Comics!), Cliff Chiang (Paper Girls), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Becky Cloonan (Dark Agnes), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Katie Cook (Nothing Special), Alan Davis (Tarot, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Shane Davis (Metal Men), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), Mitch Gerads (Mr. Miracle), Joe Giella (Green Lantern), Greg Hildebrandt (Wolverine), Jamal Igle (Wrong Earth), Tom King (Batman), Scott Kolins (The Flash, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Joseph Michael Linsner (Red Sonja), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Richard Pace (Second Coming), James Pascoe (Azrael), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Sinestro: Year of the Villain), Amy Reeder (Amethyst), Afua Richardson (Omni), Louise Simonson (Power Pack), Walter Simonson (Ragnarok: The Breaking of Helheim), John K. Snyder III (Killers), Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother), Timothy Truman (Grimjack), Gus Vazquez (Scooby Apocalypse), Robert Venditti (Hawkman), Mark Waid (Dr. Strange), Gene Luen Yang (Superman Smashes the Klan), and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).

Hail to the King! Bubba Ho-Tep Gets a Prequel Comic

Hail to the King, baby! Prior to the events of the original Bubba Ho-Tep cult story, Elvis was enlisted by President Nixon to defeat an alien threat unlike anything he’s faced before. IDW Publishing and award-winning writer Joe R. Lansdale present Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers!

In adapting this acclaimed work for comics, Lansdale will be joined by writer Joshua Jabcuga and artist Tadd Galusha, to help bring the story to terrifying life. Part of a secret government organization designed to protect civilians, Elvis Presley and a group of hardcore warriors set out to save the world from an invasion of hive-minded, shape-shifting, vampire-like creatures from a dark dimension.

Issue one arrives this March with covers by Galusha, Baldemar Rivas, and Timothy Truman.

Preview: Airboy Archives, Vol. 5

Airboy Archives, Vol. 5 

Chuck Dixon (w) • Stan Woch, Ernie Colón, Alberto Maldonado, Brent Anderson, Enrique Villagran, Jim Longstreth, Mark Johnson, Andy Kubert (a) • Timothy Truman (c)

Volume 5 concludes the complete run of the Eclipse Comics Airboy series! Collects issues #41–50, the second three-issue mini-series featuring Valkyrie, the one-shot Airboy vs the Air Maidens, and a never-before-printed 8-page Skywolf backup story.

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 336 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-810-6

King Conan Returns for a Final Battle

Dark Horse Comics announces the return of a fan-favorite Conan creative team: Writer Timothy Truman, artist Tomás Giorello, and colorist José Villarrubia are set to expand on Robert E. Howard’s unfinished “Wolves beyond the Border” tale!

King Conan grows weary of the crown. When an old soldier visits him with talk of a cursed relic and rumors of Pictish tribes preparing a full-scale invasion on Aquilonia’s borders, Conan eagerly embarks on what could be his final adventure!

King Conan: Wolves Beyond the Border #1 (of 4) is in stores December 23, 2015.

King Conan Wolves beyond the Border #1

Three Thors! Three Blockbuster Creative Teams! Your First Look at Thor Annual #1!

This February, star-studded creators unite to bring you three thunderous stories that should not be missed in Thor Annual #1! Marvel has released a first look inside this highly anticipated issue featuring the can’t miss lineup of CM Punk, Rob Guillory, Noelle Stevenson, Marguerite Sauvage, Jason Aaron and Timothy Truman!

First, wrestling superstar CM Punk makes his comic writing debut alongside Chew artist Rob Guillory for a tale of the brash, boisterous young Thor and his attempt to beat the devil at his own game – by drinking him under the table!

Then, rising comic stars Noelle Stevenson and Marguerite Sauvage make their Marvel debuts to bring you an all-new tale of the new Thor! Who is the mysterious woman behind the mask? No one in all Ten Realms knows her secret, but the Warriors Three are determined to find out!

Finally, blockbuster Thor writer Jason Aaron and legendary artist Timothy Truman bring you an all-new tale set in the future starring King Thor! Join the Girls of Thunder on their epic quest to find their grandfather the perfect birthday present. How about a brand new Garden of Eden?

Three creative teams. Three Thors. One explosive annual.

THOR ANNUAL #1 (DEC140896)
Variant Covers by ROB GUILLORY (DEC140897) & MARGUERITE SAUVAGE (DEC140898)
FOC – 02/02/15, On Sale – 02/25/15


CM Punk, Jason Aaron, Noelle Stevenson & More Headline Thor Annual #1!

This February, star-studded creators from all corners of comics and entertainment unite for three thunderous stories in Thor Annual #1! Uniting wrestler CM Punk, blockbuster writer Jason Aaron, rising star Noelle Stevenson, Rob Guillory and more, this can’t miss lineup brings you three stories featuring three Thors of three eras!

First, wrestling superstar CM Punk makes his comic writing debut alongside artist Rob Guillory for a tale of the brash, boisterous young Thor and his genius idea to prove himself worthy to wield the mighty hammer Mjolnir – by drinking all of Asgard and Midgard under the table!

In an interview with Marvel.com, CM Punk said:

The idea was, let’s do a story about young Thor as this kind of brash bratty teenager who’s like, ‘I’m totally worthy of this hammer’. ’I don’t know why I’m not worthy of the hammer. Look at all this cool stuff I did.

Then, rising comic stars Noelle Stevenson and Marguerite Sauvage make their Marvel debuts to bring you an all-new tale of the new Thor! Who is the mysterious woman behind the mask? No one in all Ten Realms knows her secret!

Stevenson added at Marvel.com:

It’s a fun challenge both as a fan of the classic character, but also to be working with a new character who readers haven’t seen much of yet. I have the old mythology to work with, but I can also help contribute a little bit of new mythology as well!

Finally, blockbuster Thor writer Jason Aaron and fan-favorite artist Timothy Truman bring you an all-new tale set in the future starring King Thor! Join the Girls of Thunder on their epic quest to find their grandfather the perfect birthday present. How about a brand new Garden of Eden?

Three creative teams. Three Thors. One explosive annual. No fan can afford to miss the explosive Thor Annual #1 – on sale this February!

On Sale in February!


Review: Itty Bitty Hellboy #1, King Conan: Hour of the Dragon #4, Mind MGMT #14, The Massive #15

Itty Bitty Hellboy #1

23936A ghost named Rasputin has been spotted! And Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. are going to find out what he’s up to.

Who is Hellboy anyway? Why does he have such a big hand and what is it used for? Who’s weirder, him or his friends? What is the B.P.R.D.? And what does chicken soup have to do with all of it? This and more answered in the debut issue, where BIG things happen to itty bitty Hellboy!

You know what I haven’t been thinking? That Hellboy needs a version for the kiddies. But, Art Baltazar and Franco bring their magic to this five issue mini-series and make the case that this is in fact exactly what we needed in this first issue that brings humor and fun for the whole family to the horror franchise.

You might know this dynamic creative duo from Tiny Titans, Superman Family Adventures, and Aw Yeah Comics, but they’re taking their talents and much like they spun previous DC characters, re-imagining Mike Mignola‘s creations with a younger bent.

Made up of a few short comics, the stories are funny, cut and quite entertaining. I’ve never read their previous work of this type, so I had no idea what to expect when I dove in, but I was pleasantly surprised. The characters are distilled to their basic selves, exaggerating their interests and motivations. Battles over forts is broken up by other shorts that usually spotlight some feature of a character.

Overall, this is a great all-ages comic, fantastic for both adults and kids. There’s great humor which is matched by awesome artwork.

When your child that’s too young demands to start reading your Hellboy comics, put this in front of them instead, they’ll probably leave you alone at that point and choose this instead.

Story: Art Baltazar, Franco Art: Art Baltazar
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

King Conan: Hour of the Dragon #4

22194Betrayed, deposed, and in hiding, Conan rides for his old capital of Tarantia with bloody vengeance in his heart—but the devious wizard Xaltotun has spies in the sky and soldiers on the ground. The solitary barbarian is forced to seek counsel from an unlikely ally . . . who has a few beastly servants of her own!

I’m fairly new to the whole Conan universe. I’ve watched the cheesy 80s movies, but have never read a book with the character or a comic until Brian Wood took over. So, with my enjoying Wood’s series, I dove into this mini-series also by Dark Horse and four issues in, I can only say “holy crap is it good” and I’m quickly becoming a Conan fan.

This series has an old and tired Conan reflecting on his great adventure where he lost and had to fight back to regain his crown. Yes, this Conan is a king, settled down with a land of people of his own, and ones he feels responsible for. Its fantastic writing with the voice of the young and old Conan being slightly different as you’d expect with the gain of wisdom through age.

The action is fierce and pacing fantastic as Conan battles the onslaught thrown at him, and even the quietest moments are filled with tension and suspense. And with two more issues to go, I have no idea how the series will wrap up in the end.

On top of the fantastic writing by Timothy Truman, there’s the art by Tomás Giorello which is breathtaking, but he has help by colorist José Villarrubia whose use of colors matches the pencils they’re laid over. The comic story wise is exciting, and it’s matched in that excitement by the art. It’s a fantastic pairing of writer and artists.

While I consider myself still new to Conan, between this and Dark Horse’s ongoing series, I’m quickly becoming a fan. So much so, I’m deciding where to start when it comes to finding out what I’ve been missing.

Story: Timothy Truman Art: Tomás Giorello
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Mind MGMT #14

23542What you don’t know about Meru could just about fit in this issue!

Are you reading Mind MGMT? The bigger question is, if you’re not why aren’t you? Matt Kindt continues to show off why he’s one of the best writer/artists out there right now, pulling double duty with each issue.

The series gets back to focus on Meru and the mystery of her past and what happened in Zanzibar. And that’s part of the enjoyment of the series, you don’t know what’s real and what’s not. This is an ever twisting mystery full of crazy characters with amazing powers, each more unique than the next. At this point, I’m not even sure who really is a good guy and who is the bad guy. Kindt has kept us on the edge giving us twists and turns with each issue that makes you question what comes before.

This is more than a comic, it’s a mind bending tale where you don’t know what’s real and what’s not.

Kindt’s art is amazing with his beautiful water-color like style. It evokes something I’d expect out of the 60s or 70s, and is unique and a signature of his. It reminds me of Aha’s Take on Me Video, and that’s a massive compliment.

This issue dives right back into the our main storyline barreling towards something, I’m not sure what. As a reader I’m constantly evaluating every detail, from words chosen, the art on the page, to the details around the pages in the margins. I feel like everything has a hint as to what’s real and what’s not in this series. It really engages me as a reader.

Overall Mind MGMT is one of the crown jewels in Dark Horse’s cap and a maxi-series unlike any other. This should be on everyone’s list to read and I fully expect it to top numerous best of lists when the year ends.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Matt Kindt
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

The Massive #15

22507Ninth Wave’s presence within the United States’ now-sunken borders has caused a disruption that a rogue US Navy battle group plans to end. Mismatched and outnumbered by a fleet of larger ships, the crew of Kapital must rely on the unexpected aid of a rogue member of Ninth Wave in the explosive conclusion to Brian Wood’s comic book return to New York City.

Americana has given us a glimpse of just a bit of what’s happened to America post collapse and all of that was wrapped in a tale involving nuclear brinkmanship in a game of cat and mouse.

I’ll admit, I’m still sorting through that ending, but the build up to it, I had no idea what was going to happen in a world already in meltdown. I’m pretty sure Wood was willing to drive it further into chaos the way this chapter was going. But even with that focus on the tense stand-off between the US’s rogue Navy battle group, Ninth Wave and a nuclear sub, the focus is still on the crew of the Kaptial.

Throughout this entire series so far, the most amazing thing is the myriad and unique characters Wood has come up with. His series has shown us motivation, drive, ambition, interactions really do differ with every character, especially when they have such a varied background. And when it’s all over, the machinations and maneuvering that’s been leading up to this issue are only going to get worse. Everyone seems to have a secret here and willing to hold those over each other.

The ending of this issue is a little muddled and confusing, but everything leading up to it was absolutely amazing and intense. This continues to be one of the best comics out there by any publisher.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Garry Brown
Story: 8 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Review: King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon #3

20130726-201608.jpg Dark Horse‘s latest run of our well known barbarian hero is a worthy homage to the original 1932 Weird Tales magazine and of series past. Narrated by an aged King Conan to his scribe, The Hour of the Dragon tells the tale of how he met his beloved-and now deceased-queen Zenobia. After a group of second string royalty and a not-so-high priest awaken a long dead wizard, Conan is dethroned and imprisoned. In the bowels of a castle he meets a ravishing servant of the king who does anything and everything to help him escape. Despite her efforts he can’t help but think, is this too good to be true?

Where a recently released Red Sonja misses the mark, Timothy Truman is right on point. Oftentimes historical fantasy tales are plagued by clunky, awkward dialogue (e.g. “me thinketh that thy sayeth…”). Truman, however, interjects the right amount of old world slang to give it a historical feel without bogging down the narration. That being said, there are a handful of pages (and this might apply more to issues #1 and #2) that, due to sheer volume, draw my eyes to the captions before the artwork. Whether these can be compressed without detracting from the storyline is debatable.

Along with awkward dialogue, for me, clean lines and bright colors can bring down a historical fantasy story. Fortunately, penciler Tomas Giorello and colorist Jose Villarrubia give King Conan a gritty, almost faded appearance. There are times Conan is staring straight forward and an eye or part of his face is completely shaded, giving him an asymmetric look that completely works. It isn’t without it’s flaws though. The dungeon-dwelling primate dressed in armor that attacks Conan looked like a bizarre Planet of the Apes reference.

Three issues in and I feel like we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg. I hope that Truman and Giorello continue to explore the land and people while remaining true to the Conan bloodline. They do that, and I’m on board.

Story: Timothy Truman Art: Tomas Giorello
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Dark Horse To Publish King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon!

Dark Horse Comics has announced the return of a fan-favorite Conan creative team.  Writer Timothy Truman, artist Tomás Giorello, and colorist José Villarrubia are set to adapt Robert E. Howard’s only Conan novel in two six-issue miniseries.

The first series, titled The Hour of the Dragon will run through October 2013 and continue in a second arc titled King Conan: The Conqueror starting in February 2014.

More about The Hour of the Dragon:  King Conan has faced many threats to his throne in Aquilonia—but none more deadly than a traitorous alliance backed by the resurrected sorcerer Xaltotun, at whose command mountains crumble!

With The Legend of Conan announced for 2014, King Conan is essential reading!


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