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Dan Brereton, Tony Fleecs, Trish Forstner, Jamal Igle, Chris Kemple, and Peter Tomasi are coming to Baltimore Comic Con

Come to the Inner Harbor to celebrate the 24th annual Baltimore Comic-Con at the Baltimore Convention Center on September 8-10, 2023. The Baltimore Comic-Conhas announced the addition of comic creators Dan Brereton, Tony Fleecs, Trish Forstner, Jamal Igle, Chris Kemple, and Peter Tomasi. Please purchase tickets online to avoid lines at the show.

Award-Winning Creator Dan Brereton has spent over four decades in comics, having written and illustrated for nearly every major American comics publisher, on a wide spectrum of characters and genres such as X-MenJustice LeagueBatmanThorRed SonjaVampirellaThe Simpsons, and many more. Past clients range from Walt Disney TV Animation, Hasbro Toys, CBS, and musicians like Rob Zombie and Toto. Dan’s best-known and loved creator-owned property is Nocturnals, with a new 2-volume hardcover Omnibus out from Dark Horse Comics, and a new graphic novel currently in production. Dan is a regular Kickstarter creator (you can follow him there!). Also, find Dan and his work here: https://linktr.ee/B33Da

Tony Fleecs is a prolific and critically acclaimed comic book creator. His work has sold hundreds of thousands of copies in the United States and has been translated and reprinted all over the world. Tony’s creator-owned books include the Eisner Award-nominated Stray Dogs (2021), Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth (2016), In My Lifetime (2006), and Time Shopper (2022). You’ve seen Tony’s art on some of your favorite titles like Star Wars, Avengers, Batman, TMNT, Rick & MortyTransformers, and just a literal TON of My Little Pony.

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 loves classic animation and has drawn influence from many sources, particularly classic 80s and 90s toons. Her love of expression and emotion is on full display in any work she creates. You’ve most recently seen her artwork in the Eisner Award-nominated Stray Dogs from Image Comics and IDW’s My Little Pony comic series, as well as a plethora of variant covers for various independent titles.

A recipient of the 2011 Inkpot Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comic Art, Jamal Igle is the writer/artist/creator of Molly Danger for Action Lab Entertainment. The co-creator of Venture with Dynamo 5 creator/writer Jay Faerber and the penciller/co-creator of The Wrong Earth for AHOY Comics, Jamal is a comic industry veteran. Jamal’s detailed pencils have graced books as varied as The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas and the all ages action miniseries Race Against Time, as well as mainstream hits such as G.I. JoeIron ManSpider-Man, and Green Lantern. Jamal has served as the series artist for popular runs on Firestorm the Nuclear ManNightwingTangent: Superman’s ReignSupermanSupergirl, and Zatanna for DC Comics, Noble Causes for Image Comics, and a four-issue run on New Warriors for Marvel Comics. He’s done just about everything from acting on the small screen and voiceovers for commercials, packaging books for Scholastic, and serving as storyboards artist for RoughnecksStarship Trooper Chronicles and Max Steel: MX1 for Sony Animation. Jamal is also a popular guest lecturer on the subjects of comics and animation. Jamal worked on White, the sequel to the hit series Black from Black Superpowers/Black Mask Studios.

Chris Kemple is one of the contributors to the digital comics effort, Artist Alley Comics. After graduating with a BFA in Painting and Drawing from East Carolina University, Kemple worked as an assistant at Artamus Studios with Richard Case, Mike Wieringo, Jeff Parker, Casey Jones, and Scott Hampton, among others. Currently a teacher and freelance artist, Chris was a founding member of and texture artist and 3D object modeler at video game development studio, Red Storm Entertainment.

Peter J. Tomasi, recipient of the 2018 Inkpot Award for achievement in comics, is a New York Times bestselling author known for his writing on Batman and RobinSupermanSuper SonsBatman: Detective ComicsGreen Lantern CorpsSuperman/Wonder Woman, as well as Batman: Arkham KnightBrightest DayEmerald WarriorsNightwingBlack Adam, and many more, including the best-selling DTV movies Death of Superman and Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. In the course of his staff career at DC Comics, Tomasi served as a group editor and ushered in new eras for BatmanGreen Lantern, and the JSA, along with a host of special projects like Kingdom Come. He is also the author of the creator-owned titles House of Penance with artist Ian Bertram which was nominated for best graphic novel of the year at the 2018 Angouleme International Comic Festival, Light Brigade with artist Peter Snejbjerg, The Mighty with Keith Champagne and Chris Samnee, Blood Tree with Maxim Simic, and the critically-acclaimed epic graphic novel The Bridge: How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York, illustrated by Sara DuVall and published by Abrams ComicArts, based on Tomasi’s original screenplay which was on The Black List, as one of the best unproduced Hollywood scripts of that year.

This year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Dan Abdo (Blue, Barry & Pancakes), Arthur Adams (Longshot), Sarah Andersen (Sarah’s Scribbles), Art Baltazar (Yahgz), Jeremy Bastian (Dune: House Harkonnen), Marty Baumann (Pixar artist), Carolyn Belefsky (Curls), Brian Michael Bendis (Action Comics), Jon Bogdanove (The Death of Superman), Judy Bogdanove (Steel Annual), Russ Braun (The Boys), Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Harold Buchholz (Sweetest Beasts), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Greg Burnham (Tuskegee Heirs), Jim Calafiore (NED, Lord of the Pit), Chris Campana (Death Dealer), Joe Carabeo (Black Magic Tales), Richard Case (Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror), Howard Chaykin (Time Squared), Jo Chen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jim Cheung (Young Avengers), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Amy Chu (KISS: The End), Brian Clevinger (Atomic Robo), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Katie Cook (Nothing Special), Nick Davis (Night Guardians), Deans Family (Crass Fed), Abby Denson (Uniquely Japan), Todd Dezago (The Perhapanauts), Derec Donovan (Adventures of Superman), Jan Duursema (Star Wars: The High Republic), Garth Ennis (The Boys), David Finch (Moon Knight), Tony Fleecs (Stray Dogs), Chris Flick (Capes and Babes), Scott Fogg (Phileas Reid Knows We’re Not Alone), Tana Ford (LaGuardia), Trish Forstner (Stray Dogs), Franco (Fae and the Moon), John Gallagher (Max Meow), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (DC Nation), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), Mike Grell (Jon Sable), Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred), Chris Gugilotti (Teen Titans Go!), Gene Ha (Mae), Laura Lee Gulledge (Page by Paige), Bob Hall (West Coast Avengers), Cully Hamner (Blue Beetle), Bo Hampton (Batman: Castle of the Bat), Brian Haberlin (Spawn), Tony Harris (The Whistling Skull), Dean Haspiel (Covid Cop), Mike Hawthorne (Deadpool), Marc Hempel (Sandman), Greg Hildebrandt (Star Wars), Morry Hollowell (Old Man Logan), Jamal Igle (Superman), Mark Irwin (Green Lantern), Klaus Janson (Daredevil), Dave Johnson (100 Bullets), J.G. Jones (Wanted), Kata Kane (Altar Girl), Chris Kemple (Artist Alley Comics), Barry Kitson (Amazing Spider-Man), Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), Nate Lovett (Dungeons & Dragons), Matthew Loux (Prunella and the Cursed Skull Ring), Kevin Maguire (Justice League), Tom Mandrake (Spectre), Laura Martin (Nubia: Queen of the Amazons), Mariano Brothers (Claire Lost Her Bear at the World’s Fair), Ron Marz (Green Lantern), Jason May (LEGO Club Magazine), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Adriana Melo (Action Comics), Pop Mhan (Gears of War 3), Al Milgrom (Spectacular Spider-Man), Karl Moline (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Mark Morales (Thor), Trevor Mueller (Re-Possessed), Sarah Myer (Monstrous: A Transracial Adoption Story), Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground), Jason Patterson (Blue, Barry & Pancakes), David Pepose (Savage Avengers), David Petersen (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Usagi Yojimbo: WhereWhen), Brandon Peterson (Uncanny X-Men), Richard and Wendy Pini (Elfquest), Ed Piskor (Red Room: Trigger Warnings), Joe Prado (Superman), Tom Raney (Green Lantern), Afua Richardson (Omni), Christopher Ring (Seamus (the Famous)), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Peter Rostovsky (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Arsia Rozegar (Shahnameh For Kids), Steve Rude (Nexus), Jim Rugg (Hulk Grand Design), Andy Runton (Owly), Alex Saviuk (Web of Spider-Man), Stuart Sayger (The Joker), Alex Simmons (Archie), Louise Simonson (The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special), Walter Simonson (Thor), Matt Slay (Equilibrium), John K. Snyder III (Suicide Squad), Sozomaika (DC Power: A Celebration), Mark Sparacio (Omega Paradox), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), Philip Tan (Web of Carnage), John Timms (Superman: Son of Kal-El), Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin), Gus Vazquez (Sunfire and Big Hero Six), Emilio Velez Jr. (The Dodgeball Teens), Wade von Grawbadger (Justice League), Adam Wallenta (Punk Taco), Todd Webb (Mr. Toast Comics), Scott Wegener (Atomic Robo), Joey Weiser (Ghost Hog), Mark Wheatley (Skultar), Emily S. Whitten (The Underfoot), Keith Williams (Thor the Worthy), Marcus Williams (Tuskegee Heirs), Rich Woodall (Electric Black), John Workman (Wild Things), Caitlin Yarsky (Black Hammer Reborn), and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).

Local Man goes Gold in August

Bestselling Local Man duo Tim Seeley and Tony Fleecs are back with a new one-shot story sure to excite Image Comics fans in the upcoming Local Man: Gold. This standalone tale is set to hit shelves this August.

Guest starring a ragtag team of fan-favorite Image Comics heroes—including Cyberforce, Street Angel, Love Everlasting, and… Boof And The Bruise Crew—Local Man: Gold is the perfect jumping-on point for new readers, and a must-have for old-school Image heads.

In Local Man: Gold, Jack comes face to face with his explosive past when his superhero alter ego is blasted into modern-day Farmington by a massive cosmic event. 

Now, Local Man has to get his younger, more extreme self back to his own time before he ruins what little life Jack has left. But it won’t be easy—Crossjack isn’t the only one who’s landed in the wrong era, and they’re both being hunted by a vengeful hero from the past. 

Local Man: Gold one-shot will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 30:

  • Cover A – Diamond Code JUN230060
  • Cover B – Diamond Code JUN230061

Preview: Gargoyles #5

Gargoyles #5

writer: Greg Weisman
artist: George Kambadais
covers: David Nakayama (A), Amanda Conner (B), Lucio Parrillo (C), Lesley “Leirix” Li (D), Jae Lee (E), Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner (F)
FC | 32 pages | Fantasy | $3.99 | Teen

Goliath — prisoner! Hudson is forced to stand down as Goliath is captured and taken away. Determined to rescue Goliath, Brooklyn takes command of the Clan. Meanwhile, Dino Dracon’s plans proceed apace…

Gargoyles #5

Local Man #3 ups the mystery and body count

Local Man #3

The hero formerly known as Crossjack is on the hunt for a murderer, a trail that leads him directly to a self-help guru who was once his sworn enemy: the villain known as Frightside. Now, the “Local Man” must find out what she knows before his high school sweetheart’s cop husband throws him in a cell. Meanwhile, in the past, Crossjack and Neon battle demons and angels (both real and psychological) at the end of the world. Local Man #3 continues a hell of a series that delivers even more mystery to the murder(s).

Written by Tony Fleecs and Tim Seeley, Local Man #3 continues one hell of a series. While the first two issues really focused on who Crossjack is, Local Man #3 pivots a bit focusing more on the murder of his former nemesis. Crossjack is on a mission to solve the case and suspects are added and removed in the issue. There’s something solid in the series teasing a tie to the past while keeping things focused on the present. The flip book nature of it all does an excellent job of fleshing out the world and mystery. In this case, we get to see a big battle and find out more about Crossjack and Neon’s past relationship. It’s some interesting info that gives motive for an individual to set up Crossjack for the murder of Hodag.

But what’s also nice is a bit of a grounded aspect to the series. Crossjack means well but this issue has him dogged a little at his incompetence. Hodag, though a villain, is shown in a way that makes you feel sorry for what happened to him. And, we get a new character whose shady past is clear but also comes off as rather… human. The series has done a great job of grounding these godlike people.

The art continues to be great as well with the modern “Farmington” aspect featuring art by Fleecs and color by Brad Simpson and the “Third Gen” retro art handled by Seeley with color by Felipe Sobriero. The comic does an excellent job of delivering two distinct styles and looks but the same character, just from two different time periods. The retro story does an excellent job of nailing down the style of the past. It’s an amazing balance between the two that works so well toghether.

Local Man #3 continues a fantastic series that’ll leave readers guessing as to what will happen next and who’s behind the murder. And thankfully, we’re not just getting that but a tease of battles from yesteryear. Altogether, it delivers a series and world we want more of.

Story: Tony Fleecs, Tim Seeley Art: Tony Fleecs, Tim Seeley
Color: Brad Simpson, Felipe Sobriero
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Purchase: Zeus ComicsKindle

Preview: Gargoyles #5

Gargoyles #5

writer: Greg Weisman
artist: George Kambadais
covers: David Nakayama (A), Amanda Conner (B), Lucio Parrillo (C), Lesley “Leirix” Li (D), Jae Lee (E), Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner (F)
FC | 32 pages | Fantasy | $3.99 | Teen

Goliath — prisoner! Hudson is forced to stand down as Goliath is captured and taken away. Determined to rescue Goliath, Brooklyn takes command of the Clan. Meanwhile, Dino Dracon’s plans proceed apace…

Gargoyles #5

Get a look at Dark Ride #6 and Devil Land’s Underbelly

Skybound has revealed a first look at Dark Ride #6. The latest issue of the hit horror comic book series from the iconic Birthright team of writer Joshua Williamson, artist Andrei Bressan, colorist Adriano Lucas, and letterer Pat Brosseau will be in comic book shops on May 17, 2023.  

In this issue, Sam must survive the nightmarish underbelly of Devil Land and the crazed intentions of one of the park’s oldest employees, who is intent on ridding the world of another Dante.  

Dark Ride #6 continues the impressive variant cover lineup that has run throughout the series. In addition to the main cover by Bressan and series colorist Adriano Lucas, Dark Ride’s Cover B variant spotlights park mascot Danny D. Evil, with an issue #6 cover by Vincenzo Riccardiwhile Cover C showcases Devil Land’s resident femme fatale and horror aficionado, Halloween, with the second of four new covers by Paulina Ganucheau.  

Additionally, megastar creator Tony Fleecs (Stray Dogs, Star Wars Adventures) continues art directing the classic homage poster variant program that ran throughout the series’ first arc. The 1:25 incentives will also span the Cover D slot of Dark Ride’s second arc, bringing on a new guest artist for each cover. Adrian Ropp is the artist at the helm for issue #6. 

Dark Ride #6 (Diamond Codes listed below | SRP: $3.99) will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.  

The full list of covers is below: 

  • Dark Ride #6 CVR A by Bressan & Lucas (MAR230116)  
  • Dark Ride #6 CVR B (Danny D. Evil Mascot Variant) by Riccardi (MAR230117) 
  • Dark Ride #6 CVR C (Halloween Character Spotlight Variant) by Ganucheau (MAR230118)  
  • Dark Ride #6 CVR D 1:25 INCV (Classic Homage Poster Cover) by Ropp & Fleecs (MAR230119) 
Dark Ride #6

Demona Returns in Gargoyles #7 for the Disney Comics Event of the Summer!

Dynamite‘s Disney titles have gotten off to an exciting start, with multiple fan-favorite and bestselling titles off the ground, with multiple fan-favorite and bestselling titles off the ground, and more to come. It all started with the smash hit Gargoyles, and now this June that series is leveling up even more. The story that fans have all been waiting for is here at last, with the anticipated return of Demona!

Fans are able to and encouraged to jump right into the series with this issue, even if they haven’t read the previous six, though they can ask their retailers for help catching up. For the Disney comics event of the summer, franchise creator Greg Weisman and acclaimed artist George Kambadais are providing an approachable chapter that also ramps up the stakes! That said, longtime Gargoyles fans who have followed the show, the previous comics, and Dynamite’s releases so far will find this new story incredibly satisfying!

Once upon a time over a thousand years ago, Demona was a member of the Gargoyle clan at Castle Wyvern in Scotland. She was even Goliath’s beloved mate, and second in command among the clan. The two even have a daughter, Angela. Following strife within the clan, Demona separated and has through the years harbored an increasing hatred toward the humans the modern Manhattan Clan seeks to coexist with.

At last, she’s back, and she’s after three new keys to elevate her power. Not only that, but the clan’s current nemesis, Dino Dracon, is already on the rampage – while Goliath is in prison and awaiting trial! Without their leader, will Brooklyn and the Manhattan Clan have any chance to stop Demona?

To celebrate this major turning point in the series and jumping-on point, Dynamite is featuring powerful depictions of Demona on almost every cover from the stylistically wide-ranging cast of heavy hitters who have wowed fans and collectors to date. Those include David Nakayama, Amanda Conner, Lucio Parrillo, Lesley “Leirix” Li, Jae Lee, as well as duo Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner.

Local Man #2 sells out and gets a new printing

Image Comics will rush Tony Fleecs and Tim Seeley’s Local Man back to print yet again in order to keep up with growing demand for the hot new series. The reprint of Local Man #2 will hit shelves in April alongside the release of Local Man #3.

Once the star recruit of the media sensation super-team “Third Gen,” Jack Xaver has become the prime suspect in the murder of his archenemy, The Hodag! Now, Jack must clear his own name in a town that hates him, even as he’s followed by a persistent security drone primed to obliterate him if he steps out of line! Each issue is a classic Image Comics Flip Book with a lead story drawn by Fleecs and a superhero flashback into the depths of the Image Universe drawn by Seeley.

Local Man #2, second printing and Local Man #3 will both be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 26:

  • Local Man #2, second printing – Diamond Code FEB238921
  • Local Man #3 Cover A by Seeley & Fleecs – Diamond Code FEB230202
  • Local Man #3 Cover B by Booth & Reber – Diamond Code FEB230203
Local Man #2, second printing

Local Man #2 gives us a reason to connect with Jack

Local Man #2

Once the star recruit of the media sensation super-team Third Gen, Jack Xavier is now a prime suspect in the murder of his archenemy The Hodag. Local Man #2 takes us on the next steps of the murder mystery and does some impressive things along the way.

Written by Tony Fleecs and Tim Seeley, Local Man #2 takes the solid first issue and builds on it in multiple ways. The series is a new concept as well as tying into Image “history,” some of it real and some of it not. Jack is kicked out of his superhero group, back home in a small town. He’s been threatened with lawsuits that prevents him from being a superhero again. The first issue presented Jack as a screw-up but hinted that wasn’t the whole story. Here, Fleecs and Seeley keep that aspect to Jack but at the same time build a lot of reasons to have sympathy for him.

In the debut issue we got hints as to why Jack was kicked out of Third Gen and presented in a retro story that the heroes of Third Gen might actually be the issue. In Local Man #2 we get hints as to why Jack was kicked out and again that these heroes aren’t all that great. That helps get us more on Jack’s side. But really puts him over is the murder of The Hodag. Jack is the prime suspect which means he’s dragged in front of the police where he’s of course innocent. His treatment, is enough to get a sense this is a guy trying to good and getting shat on. And, those that around him come at him with a negative opinion just due to his previous occupation. It’s more than enough to win readers over.

There’s also a sadness to it all. Mixed with the retro story, we see a bright star who has fallen due to multiple reasons. You get to see the shine and the dull rust that has built up. There’s an aspect to the chew them up and spit them out of celebrity of it all that makes Jack more a washup influencer than anything else.

The art by Fleecs and Seeley is great. They’re joined by Brad Simpson and Felipe Sobreiro on color. The two different stories are fantastic with their mix of modern and retro styles. There’s a great sadness to it all as well in the visuals where Jack comes off as a shlub in some ways. But, there’s moments of emotion and sadness that nails it. The comic’s visuals are perfect for the stories they deliver.

Local Man #2 is another fantastic issue of a series that’s far more than one more deconstruction of superheroes. It delivers a core about celebrity, bias, and the legacy we leave. It’s a comic that entertains and has a message underneath that’s far too easy to relate to.

Story: Tony Fleecs, Tim Seeley Art: Tony Fleecs, Tim Seeley
Color: Brad Simpson, Felipe Sobreiro
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Purchase: Zeus ComicscomiXology/Kindle

Preview: Gargoyles #4

Gargoyles #4

Writer: Greg Weisman
Artist: George Kambadais
Covers: David Nakayama (A), Amanda Conner (B), Lucio Parrillo (C), Lesley “Leirix” Li (D), Jae Lee (E), Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner (F)
32 pages | Fantasy | $3.99 | Teen

Dino Dracon has just been released from prison. Determined to take over the New York Underworld, Dino won’t let anyone — human or Gargoyle — stand in his way! So when Goliath and Hudson go out on their nightly patrol, they’re in for a couple of extremely nasty surprises…

Gargoyles #4
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