Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Round 11, Part Two: More A vs. X reviews

 

As I wrote in my last AVENGERS VERSUS X-MEN review . . . . .

What has characterized the AVENGERS VS. X-MEN saga and the majority of the many cross-over titles has been a consistent high quality in both story and art, with only a few exceptions. Those cross-over titles, while connected to the main issue, seemed to focus on entertaining but non-essential sidelights that could be enjoyed solely on their own. A reader could also concentrate on the main title only and not need to read any of the other books in order to understand the main story.

In past reviews, I have ranked and rated those sidelight books in order to point a reader towards those most deserving of their time and money. Despite my previous confession of being ready for this epic to finally end I sincerely enjoyed every single one of the cross-over books reviewed here. In short, if you want some good reading pick up these books.

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THE NEW AVENGERS #30  (November 2012)  Brian Michael Bendis, writer.  Mike Deodato, artist.  Rain Beredo, color art.  VC’s Joe Caramagna, letters & production.

Just like NEW AVENGERS #29,  there is a large percentage of this issue dedicated to dialogue and out-loud decision-making.  However, unlike Issue #29 (which was one of the most enjoyable board of directors meetings I’ve ever read about) there is plenty of action here - - and very well depicted.

The credits page begins with another disclaimer:  “WARNING! READ THIS ISSUE AFTER AVX #11!”    The only reason I can see for that is because these events occur after that issue.  It would also spoil the suspense, as we learn in the opening pages that Emma Frost is not dead, just released from the Phoenix Force and now in New Avengers custody.  (Which leads me to wonder, as I hinted at in the last review, if Xavier or anybody else who went down in that issue are truly down for the long term.)

The next four pages are talking heads as Daredevil and Luke Cage share thoughts on being an Avenger, raising a family, and the responsibilities to both.   What follows over the next fourteen pages is a crazy battle as  heavily-armed anti-mutant terrorists try to intercept and destroy Emma Frost, the prison van transporting her, and any mutant-sympathizing Avengers in their way.  It’s big and bold, and a great opportunity for Deodato to strut his best stuff.  The art is just incredible and very satisfying to any action-starved readers of this title.  Kudos as well to the great job Deodato does on the close-ups during the DD-Cage exchanges.   It all comes down to Luke Cage drawing the line and making a decision between one life or another.  Well done.

WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #16  (November 2012)  Jason Aaron, writer.  Chris Bachalo, penciler/colorist. Tim Townsend, Jaime Mendoza & Al Vey, inkers.  Chris Eliopoulos, letterer.

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If you only want to pick up one of the books I’m reviewing here, then grab this one without hesitation.  WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #16 is a solitary blast of excellence!  Yes, it’s an awesome stand alone story!  You don’t need to read anything else to enjoy this. 

The art team pulls out all the stops.  Bachalo handles both pencils and colors and the results are breathtaking.  The amount of detail put into each panel is perfect.  And the shading is extremely effective, especially in the black and white flashback scenes.  But art is just one reason to pick up this issue.  Wait until you read Aaron’s story - - you’re in for a wonderful ride.

It’s also funny and ironic that in a book titled WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN that neither Wolverine or any students of his Jean Grey School appear in a single panel.  This issue is all about the new occupants of the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club - - a pack of murderous, manipulative, multi-faceted teenagers.   The new man in charge is Kade Kilgore, an arrogant but brainy twelve-year old with a keen business intellect and marketing plan.  As he describes himself:  “I’m Kade Kilgore, CEO of Kilgore Arms, youngest billionaire in human history, Black King of the ancient and powerful Hellfire Club.  Apparently, I’m the only person in the world with nothing to hide.”

His plans includes designing and building various models of Super-Sentinels for sale to the highest bidders.  His latest sales presentation is just beginning when the party is crashed by The Phoenix Five  (this issue obviously takes place many months ago in the A vs. X saga).   Before their operation is shut down and Kilgore and friends taken to prison, we learn of his background, upbringing, and how he learned to turn the tables on dear old dad and knock him off his rocky perch in the Hellfire Club.  The ending of this story indicates that more may be in store. I’d love to see these brats again.

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #7  (November 2012)  Brian Michael Bendis, writer.  Mark Bagley, penciler.  Danny Miki, inker.  Paul Mounts, colors.  VC’s Clayton Cowles, letterer.

Earlier I reported here that this title was going to end with Issue #8 and the conclusion of the Thanos storyline.  AVENGERS ASSEMBLE will continue on after Issue #8, but with a new writer and artist team as well as the beginning of a new storyline.   So, apparently this group will exist apart from the new and next Marvel Now universe and all the changes that will occur there.  Talk about ways to confuse the new reader!   I’ve already decided to take a back seat for awhile and approach these new books later in trade paperback format (or not at all, depending on what I hear/learn about them). 

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If you didn’t get enough of your action fix satisfied with NEW AVENGERS #30,  then this book will finish you up.  The art is without a doubt the absolute best thing about AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #7 and is worth the price of admission for that reason only.  The only new development in this story is that the newly charged-up Thanos decides that he can get along without the Elders.  In exchange he gets a big, big, big cosmic-sized surprise that he wasn’t anticipating.  The rest of the issue is the battle in space between the Badoon and the combined might of The Avengers and The Guardians Of The Galaxy.

It’s a battle scene worthy of comparison to the great Kree-Skrull War many decades ago in the original AVENGERS title.  Bagley has just been outstanding with his work on this title.  It seems like every issue he tops the already magnificent art of the issue before.  Issue #7  features many pages of caption less panels that let the visuals tell the story.  Can I use awesome and outstanding in the same sentence? - - because that is what you’ll see here. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Avengers vs. X-Men, Round 11: Sustenance among the spoils

 

WARNING:  THIS ARTICLE GUARANTEED TO CONTAIN SPOILERS. . . . . . . If you are  following these books, then you already have an idea about what is going to happen.  With the advent of the penultimate issue in the mini-series it becomes extremely difficult to write about this storyline without revealing some of the key events.  I doubt very much that at this point some readers are still contemplating whether to jump in.  However,  if you have decided to wait it out and read AVENGERS VERSUS X-MEN after it concludes, then read no further than the next two paragraphs.

What has characterized the AVENGERS VS. X-MEN saga and the majority of the many cross-over titles has been a consistent high quality in both story and art, with only a few exceptions.  Those cross-over titles, while connected to the main issue, seemed to focus on entertaining but non-essential sidelights that could be enjoyed solely on their own.  A reader could also concentrate solely on the main title and not need to read any of the other books in order to understand the main story.

In past reviews, I have ranked and rated those sidelight books in order to point a reader towards those most deserving of their time and money.  Despite my previous confession of being ready for this epic to finally end  I sincerely enjoyed every single one of the cross-over books reviewed here.  In short, if you want some good reading pick up these books. 

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AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #11  (November 2012)  Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and Jonathan Hickman = story.  Brian Bendis = script.  Olivier Coipel = pencils.  Mark Morales = inks. Laura Martin = colors.  Chris Eliopoulos = letters.

The art team that I was somewhat critical of last issue takes a break.  Artist Olivier Coipel takes over and does an admirable job.  The art is very dynamic and the colors by Laura Martin really enhance things, taking this to another level. There is more attention paid to backgrounds and skylines, and vivid splashes of yellow, red and orange as if the entire issue is on fire - -  an apt compliment to the inflammatory battles that occur.   I admire the opening page where Captain America stands alone on a rocky outcropping (later cutting back to show the rest of the players) and makes a desperate plea for the Hulk to assist by adding some of his green fire-power to the proceedings.

After the credits, the scenery shifts to Rogue in the foreground of a flaming back-lit field as she makes a plea to Professor Xavier for sanctuary.  Cut back to show Xavier now in the company of a wide group of Avengers and X-Men mingling together. Seems that Xavier has had a change of heart since he used his powers to erase memories of his involvement just one month ago in THE AVENGERS #29.  No matter.  He’s allowed to change his mind.  I certainly understand why, and certainly don’t require three or four pages of Bendis exposition to tell us why. (Although he would do a fine job of it.) 

A battle royale ensues, with big, bold panels and more fiery art.  The centerspread needs no dialogue as the visuals tell it all.  In spite of their sharing the Phoenix Force, Emma Frost and Scott Summers are still just two individuals and the A + X team take it to them.

The final outcome this issue only bears out part of my theory - -  that Scott would take Emma’s power in order to have 100% of the Phoenix Force behind him.  I thought he would kill her, perhaps accidently, and then go crazy from remorse.  Not quite how this plays out.  Oh sure, you could interpret the visuals  and conclude that Emma as well as some others are dead at the end of the issue (also Magneto, Professor X, and finally Wolverine - - who most likely will recover from his burnt toast state of immobility).  But the art is done in that deliberately vague style that creates some doubt and leaves an opening for their recovery and return.   And Scott becomes the Dark Phoenix, with all the “fire and life incarnate – now and forever”.  When first enhanced with the Phoenix Force, Cyclops seemed to have noble intentions to modify the Phoenix powers into a global force for good.  However, it continued to corrupt and influence him to the point where very few readers can muster any empathy for his “cause.”  I’m reminded of several modern day evangelists (pick your own favorite) who show an abundance of compassion for the plight of anyone who follows them, but also display a massive inability to tolerate any viewpoint that is counter to their own - - and react with anger , sometimes violence, and extreme prejudice.

UNCANNY X-MEN #18  (November 2012)  Kieron Gillen, writer.  Ron Garney, artist.  Jason Keith & Morry Hollowell, colorists.  VC’s Joe Caramagna, letterer. 

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I really like the cover to this issue - - reminds me of the movie title “A Kiss Before Dying” - - although that is where the similarities end.  It’s one of my favorite covers of the series.

The credit page blurb gives a “WARNING: Read Avengers VS. X-Men #11 before you read this issue!”  That may help, or just confuse things further.   There is heavy symbolism throughout UNCANNY X-MEN #18 and several cryptic conversations that readers who have been casually following these events may have some trouble fully comprehending. (The dinner with Scott and Emma as well as the chat between Colossus and Magik come to mind).  If you read AVENGERS VS X-MEN #11 you could interpret the visuals as showing what Professor X through his mental abilities allowed Scott/Cyclops to see  - - which was just a desolate landscape and a confrontation between just the two of them, like a gunfight- - - while in reality there was a giant battle going on all around.  The dinner scene may also be how Cyclops, now mentally fragmenting because of the combination of Professor X’s mind control and the Phoenix Force ‘s physical control, attempts to smooth over his violent theft of Emma’s powers by imagining it took place in a less brutal fashion following a quiet dinner together. 

I’m not entirely sure what to make of the big reveal between brother Colossus and sister Magik - - that she led him along as he treated her like an innocent who became tainted by association with hell and demons - - when she was crazy, possessed, and demonic all along.  At least that’s what I think Gillen is trying to convey.  It makes for a captivating and disturbing scene, especially the uncertainty of their last panel together.

AVX: VS #5  (October 2012)  “Hawkeye vs. Angel” by Matt Fraction, writer.  Leinil Francis Yu, penciler. Gerry Alanguilan, inker. Sunny Gho, colorist.  VC’s Joe Caramagna, letters & production.  “Black Panther vs. Storm”  by Jason Aaron, writer.  Tom Raney, artist. Jim Charalampiois, colorist. VC’s Joe Caramagna, letters & production. 

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I’ve been tempted to quit on this limited series, but I keep picking it up.  Glad I decided to hang around.  While the Captain America vs. Gambit story was my favorite tale - - this is my favorite issue because both stories were great as well as fun (which is what this book is meant to be).  And yes, there is a clear winner (unlike some other issues).

The best art occurs in the Hawkeye/Angel story.  Yu does some of the best stuff I’ve seen from him (he also assisted on the coloring).  His panel placement is both cinematic and very angular, reminding me in places of the style of the late great Gene Colan.   The story is high quality as well.  Who says Hawkeye has to fight fair?  He doesn’t, and he pounds the bloody crap out of a pretty-boy but feathers of death wielding Angel, backed up by Betsy (Psylocke) Braddock who seems written into the story just so she can rescue/save a badly battered Angel. 

The Black Panther vs Storm confrontation could have easily played out across a dinner table (like the War Of The Roses movie, or Uncanny X-Men #18).  Instead each side trades verbal jabs along with the physical pounding.  And both sides receive injuries from both assaults.  This is scripted just like an impassioned argument between disgruntled husband and wife, but for higher stakes. And just like some of those meaningless/senseless battles, there are no clear winners here. Both sides lose/suffer.

NEXT:  Some more picks – NEW AVENGERS #30; WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #16.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A clearance sale like no other! Put this on your Top Shelf . . .

 

I don’t think I would post something like this for the Big Two companies because they have tons of money to spend on advertising.  But, then again nobody else would dare do something like this  - -  just our friendly, independent outlet for the best in creator-owned properties, alternative goodies, and loads of kid-friendly reading material = TOP SHELF. 

I’m not even upset that I just bought a copy of THE UNDERWATER WELDER at full price from the Top Shelf booth at Baltimore Comic Con.  Glad to do it!  Heck,  I later had that copy autographed by Jeff Lemire.   So, even before I can post my review of this great new work I suggest you take advantage of this and pick up a copy for yourself at a bargain price.  I’ll be looking over their lists carefully in the coming days.  I know for sure I will pick up another copy of  BB WOLF (because I’m pretty sure I’m never going to see the one I loaned out two years ago!)  as well as another back-up of THE SURROGATES (ditto the reason, except my loaner has an autograph)  and NIGHT ANIMALS . ..  and UNDERWIRE.   What a great list!  I recommend all of those books I just mentioned.

Ok . . . here’s the official press release . . . . . . . . .  ..

For the next two weeks -- thru Friday September 28th -- Top Shelf is having its annual $3 web sale. When you visit the site, you'll find 170 graphic novels and comics on sale -- with over 100 titles marked down to just $3 & $1! Shipping & handling is a flat fee regardless of how much you order, so load up and save big! ... Each year we use these funds to help clear the decks on our current amazing releases, and “kick start” a full rollout for next year. So, thank you in advance for your support, as we wouldn’t be here without you! -- Chris Staros

To go directly to the list of items on sale at the Top Shelf website, just click here:

http://www.topshelfcomix.com/specialdeals
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But here are a few sample sale items:

-- Slashed Prices: The Underwater Welder, Lost Dogs, League 2009/1969, and more!
-- Slashed Prices: From Hell, Blankets (HC&SC), Carnet de Voyage, and more!
-- Slashed Prices: Wizzywig, Lovely Horrible Stuff, Any Empire, Clumsy, and more!
-- Slashed Prices: Chester 5000, SuperF*ckers, Moving Pictures, and more!
-- Slashed Prices: Alec, American Elf, The Ticking, Far Arden, and more!
-- Slashed Prices: Owly, Korgi, Johnny Boo, Dragon Puncher, and more!

-- $3 Titles: Ax, Lucille, Undeleted Scenes, and more!
-- $3 Titles: Gingerbread Girl, The Homeland Directive, Liar’s Kiss, and more!
-- $3 Titles: Incredible Change-Bots, Night Animals, Underwire, and more!
-- $3 Titles: Voice of the Fire, The Playwright, Fingerprints, and more!
-- $3 Titles: BB Wolf, Three Fingers, The Surrogates (V1&V2), and more!
-- $3 Titles: Pirate Penguin, Okie Dokie Donuts, Pinky & Stinky, Yam, and more!

-- $1 Titles: Sulk (Vols 1, 2, & 3), SuperF*ckers #1-#4, and more!
-- $1 Titles: The Surrogates #1-#5, The Sketchbook Diaries #1-#4, and more!
-- $1 Titles: Lower Regions, Feeble Attempts, Conversations #1 & #2, and more!
-- $1 Titles: Comic Diorama, The Man Who Loved Breasts, Doublecross, and more!
-- $1 Titles: Tales/Great Unspoken, Black Ghost Apple Factory, Dang!, and more!
-- $1 Titles: Mephisto & The Empty Box, Hey Mister, Yearbook Stores, and more!

**Please note that Top Shelf accepts PayPal (as well as Visa, MasterCard, Amex, and Discover -- all secure), and that this sale is good for retailers as well (and comic book shops will get their wholesale discount on top of these sale prices).

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BCR at BCC: Peter Tomasi interview

 

NOTE:  While Peter Tomasi had agreed in advance to an interview, there was no set time scheduled. So, right after the Baltimore Comic Con opened up on Saturday (September 08)  I went straight to his booth on the convention floor.  I was surprised to see a line already there, including another reporter waiting to begin an interview with him.  So, I introduced myself and said that I would return in approximately 45 minutes.  When I got back, there was still a line (but not as long as before) and it moved quickly. When I told Peter about the line and how glad I was to not have to wait too long to meet him, he made a funny comment to me:  “When you’re an artist here the problem is nobody wants to come at you too much because you’re not going to give them anything, like sketches.  Nobody comes up for commission stuff and asks me - - - "can you write me a page?” .  Peter Tomasi seems like an easy-going, down-to-earth guy who engages in conversation easily.

We started things off by sharing our opinions on the Baltimore Comic Con . . . . . . . . . .

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TOMASI:  It’s amazing!  I like this show.  It’s a  good show. It’s ALL comics and it’s not the media. You know, the San Diego show is all media now. It’s all Hollywood and it gets insane.  I like it THIS WAY.  It’s a little more relaxed.

PGHHEAD: If I understand your bio correctly, you’ve been in comics for a long time - - 20 years - - on the editorial side.  And in 2007 you decided to start writing, correct?

TOMASI:  It was 2006 or 2007 - - I don’t remember.  It’s been awhile.

PGHHEAD:  All that time you were in the business . .  at what point did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

TOMASI:  I’ve been writing since I was a kid. I’ve written a lot of screenplays.  Back in 1993-94 when I first started at DC as an assistant editor I had done a few comics.  They actually allowed me to write a few comics.  So, I’d been writing all along at DC and throughout the years peppering it with certain projects.  DC is always good at keeping you busy.  I’d just come off a project called BLACK ADAM.  And, I said “What can I do next?”  Dan Didio says:  “You know what?  I could use you on the other side.”  And I replied: “I am.”  And he says: “No, I mean all the time.”  I said” Sure. Why not?”  and then . . “How much?” . . . . . “Oh, that much?” . . . “OK, I can do that.”

PGHHEAD: So you then went from doing that part-time to full-time writing.

TOMASI:  Yes, that’s it exactly.

PGHHEAD:  You were actually writing some BATMAN AND ROBIN issues before The New 52 broke.

TOMASI:  Only three issues before the New 52.  We just started our run when The New 52 plans started to gestate.  So then we realized that it was best to just write a three-part story and plan for the future with The New 52.

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PGHHEAD:  Did The New 52 change anything as far as your plans for the title and where you would take it?

TOMASI:  Not really.  The Bat-books weren’t as affected as a lot of other books were.  BATMAN AND ROBIN and GREEN LANTERN CORPS  - - - the two books I’m on - - - the reverberations weren’t as heavy.  There were just ripples  in the Batman universe.  It allows us a certain latitude now to explore things that maybe we wouldn’t have explored in continuity previously.  We have a little bit more of a free rein now.  That’s how we’re looking at it, and we were lucky.  We’ve already had a good solid foundation, so we didn’t need to blow up any bridges or anything.

PGHHEAD:  So does that mean there was nothing you were planning to do with BATMAN AND ROBIN then that you weren’t able to do after the changes?

TOMASI:  The only thing was the fact that Bruce (Wayne) becomes Batman again.  My first three issues were Dick Grayson as Batman and Damian as Robin.  There’s a certain brother dynamic there.  So having Bruce come back changed that whole dynamic, and for me that was more fun to write.

PGHHEAD:  I noticed that right after you finished the first arc with the father-son relationships, you went right to sibling rivalry.  I like the way you handled that.  So where are you planning to take BATMAN AND ROBIN now?

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TOMASI:  There’s some heavy stuff coming  - - I can’t really say.  We’ve got a big Joker storyline coming up.  With the Joker event that’s coming through all the Bat-books.  That’s going to have some repercussions . . . . and from there it’s ALL repercussions.  It initiates in BATMAN #13 and hits all the other books.  I’m not sure how they broke it down, but it hits all the other books.

PGHHEAD:  I’m actually torn between which of two Bat books I like better - - - BATMAN or BATMAN AND ROBIN.

TOMASI:  To my mind, that’s the book.  Snyder’s book.

PGHHEAD:  I like BATMAN AND ROBIN for the family interaction and I like BATMAN for plotting, the heavy mythos and darker side.

TOMASI:  That’s good, though.  I like the fact that there are these different Batman books out there with different things going on.  It’s pretty cool.  It’s a good time to be a Batman fan.

PGHHEAD:  How about I let you do something different?  I’ll let you be the critic instead of being the subject of criticism.  I wrote this review and I’d like you to read it and tell me if I hit the marks or not.  I promise not to defend what I wrote and you can be as critical as you want to be.

TOMASI:  Ok.  That’s different.  Sounds like fun.

I show Peter the BC REFUGEES review of BATMAN AND ROBIN Issue #1-4 for his opportunity to critique the reviewer, and explain:  “That’s from our website.  I wrote this back in January after the first four issues were out.  Some of my background on you was obtained from DC’s website and some from Wikipedia - - so please let me know if anything is wrong or needs corrected.  After reading the review, he comments:

TOMASI:  Yeah!  That’s a rave, in a way.  Thank you.

PGHHEAD:  I don’t like to write negative criticism.  IF the book doesn’t deserve praise then I’m not going to write about it.  I want to draw attention to things that are worth it.

TOMASI:  That’s a great way to look at things.  Especially from our end, that’s appreciated.

PGHHEAD:  So if I got it right you drew on your personal experience a little with your son?

TOMASI:  Oh yeah.  Absolutely. . . . . .  My son’s going to be 10.  You can’t write certain things - - - until you have a kid you don’t know what it’s like.  Having a young son and knowing that whole dynamic now - - - it’s a lot of fun to write.  . . . . .  Sometimes you’ll be in a mode where you write a scene between them and look back on it and think = “that doesn’t feel real.  Don’t get lazy!”  Then I’ll shove it aside and think it over.

PGHHEAD:  That should also allow you to exaggerate things and have fun with it.

TOMASI: Oh yeah, absolutely.

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PGHHEAD:  You have explored father-son relationships, family dysfunction, trust and responsibility.  Then you went to sibling rivalry between Damian and the former Robins.  Obviously, Damian wants to be known as the best Robin ever.  So, what’s left to explore?  What about the Mom?

TOMASI:  The Mom is actually explored in the #0 issue, which comes out next week (September 12).  I use that issue to explore the whole mother-son dynamic.  Let’s see where Damian was carved from, where it all starts, and why he is the way he is today.

PGHHEAD:  So you go right from the #0 issue to the Joker story?

TOMASI:  Yeah.  Issue #13 is a soft tie-in.  It’s not a major tie-in.  My first Joker issue kicks in on #15.  Issues #15 and #16 are the hard cross-overs.  Issues #13 and #14 are the soft cross-overs.

PGHHEAD:  I liked the story arc with Terminus in the last several issues. 

TOMASI:  Thank you. Yeah, me too.  And, being critical of my own work on that one = That was going to be another issue or two longer, and would have allowed me to get into more about who Terminus was and why he had a bad score to settle with Batman.  And, unfortunately I just ended up running out of pages because the Joker thing bumped in earlier than it was originally going to.  It threw my story off a little bit.  I couldn’t do as much as I wanted to.  The Terminus issue was going to be a little longer.  I had some more plans for the battle of the Robins to play out a little bit more.  Everything got a little compressed.

It’s funny in a way.  A lot of fans say = “Oh, it takes seven issues to do stuff!  Why do you draw it out so much?”  So, I do a wham-bam, action-packed issue and the fans say = “Aw man, there wasn’t enough of it!”

PGHHEAD:  I’m sure you know you can never please everybody.  That’s a shame because you apparently have Terminus expire and there’s no bringing him back for more.

TOMASI:  For now - - - no bringing back Terminus.  I like the character a lot and the name also. As time permits, somewhere down the line . . . . .

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PGHHEAD:  That last issue (#12) reminded me of the Batman movie, in the way that Batman uses his augmented suit to rocket off into the sky and take the catastrophic weapon out of harm’s way.

TOMASI:  You know what the funny thing is?  - - - - - I was actually shocked when I saw the movie.  I didn’t know anything about it going in.  Because, they didn’t allow us to see script back at the office.  We didn’t see anything.  I saw the screening after Issue #12 had just come out on a Wednesday, and saw the movie on a Thursday morning.  I was like - - - “Oh, you gotta be kidding me!”.

Not only that - - I had Batman fight for the first time in the daytime.  And he also fights in the daytime at the end of the movie.  C’mon!  I mean, . . . the zeitgeist to that is almost impossible!

I’m sure everybody is saying = “Sure, he was just trying to capitalize on the Batman movie.”  . . . when I really didn’t know anything about it going in.  Oh well, what can you do?

PGHHEAD:  Out of everything that you have written, what are you most proud of?

TOMASI:  With everything I’ve done?  That’s a good question.  I’d say - - - everything I’m working on now.  That sounds like an easy answer, but I’m invested in it now.

My creator-owned books I’m really proud of – - - a book called LIGHT BRIGADE.  Then I did another book called THE MIGHTY that DC also published.  There’s some really great stuff in there with Chris Samnee as the artist.  So, I’m proud of my creator-owned stuff and I’m proud of all the things I’ve done.  It’s been a great ride so far.

PGHHEAD:  Are there any questions that you’ve been hoping some interviewers would ask you?

TOMASI:  No. (Laughs).  No, not really.  I guess that little bit we did about the Terminus stuff.  Nobody had brought that up before.  So, I’m kind of glad to get that out there to the ether. 

PGHHEAD:  Thank you so much for your time today.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

BCR at BCC: Day Two at Baltimore Comic Con

 

It was another great day today (September 9) at the Baltimore Comic-Con.

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The highlights for me were the informative panels, followed by what bits and pieces I caught of the Costume Competition  (now a three-hour event).  I scored some more bargain reading and picked up an autograph from Jeff Lemire in my copy of THE UNDERWATER WELDER.    Here is a very brief summary of some of today’s events that I attended.  I plan to do some write-ups over the next several days and weeks. . . . . . . . . .

FUTURE APPROACHES TO TEACHING COMICS IN THE HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOM - - - If you read our blog on a regular basis then you are probably already aware that I’m an advocate for using comics as a teaching tool.  I was absolutely blown away by how Dr. John Weaver, is using THE WATCHMEN in great detail in his Advanced English classes. 

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at left, Tom Brevoort shares editing tips

MARVEL BOOT CAMP SEMINAR  - - - This was a ticketed event, with proceeds to benefit the Hero Initiative.  Marvel Senior Vice President & Executive Editor Tom Brevoort gave a two-hour presentation on the role of the editor on the Marvel books, it’s importance and insider information on what techniques and guidelines he uses to make thing run smoothly and successfully.

IDW PUBLISHING   - - -  This was an informative preview of what’s coming up in the IDW books for the balance of the year and into 2013.

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Jeff Lemire sketches for a fan . . . . .

AVATAR PRESS - - -  This also was an informative preview of what’s coming up in the Avatar books for the balance of the year and into 2013.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

BC at BCC: Day One 09/08/2012

A great first day at the Baltimore Comic Con! - - long and exhausting but still a great and exciting day! I took in a lot of panels and events and plan to write about them in more detail in the coming days.

Here are the Top Three Highlights of the day for me - - - I don't want to rank them because all three were special . . . . . . . .

1). An interview with writer Peter Tomasi. it was great to speak to a creator one-on-one and get their feedback. A great down-to-earth guy.

2). The panel with Garth Ennis. He has a large loyal following and now I know why. Despite the grim nature of most of his work he remains an honest and independent thinker who would never lie or mislead his audience. His sincerity comes across.

3). The Stan Lee - John Romita panel - - a trip down memory lane. Good stuff.

I also heard the inspiring story behind the Cul de Sac fund-raising effort, the history of the British Invasion, comics style; the Future of Valiant; and scored some reading material at a bargain- - 7 books plus a trade paperback for $13 total!

Come back tomorrow for Day Two highlights.

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Location:Dover St,Baltimore,United States

Friday, September 7, 2012

Baltimore Comic Con schedule of panels, activities

Baltimore Comic-Con 2012 Panel Schedule Announced!

  . . . taken from the official press release . . . . . . .

The key to getting the most out of the various events during the Baltimore Comic-Con would be to carefully plan your day ahead of time.  To help with that, courtesy of the Con publicity department, here is the schedule.  I made a few notes on sessions that I am planning to attend/particpate in. Hope to see you there! . . . . pghhead

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Saturday, September 8

Room 301

11:00-12:00 - Kickstarter project management

So, you got funding for your comic...now what? Join Mervyn and Jon of Paperlab Studios as they discuss the thrills, perils, and pitfalls of a successfully-funded Kickstarter from their personal experiences with Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew.

12:00-1:00 - Mark Waid and Thrillbent  - - - It’s on my to-do list!

Award-winning writer and now publisher Mark Waid talks about Thrillbent.com, his new digital-comics website. He'll have advice for creators looking to break into digital, sneak peeks at upcoming Thrillbent projects, and other surprises!

1:00-2:00 - Spotlight on Paul Levitz

Readers may know Paul Levitz best for his work on DC Comics' Legion of Super-Heroes, Justice Society, Worlds' Finest, and as the co-creator of the Earth-2 Huntress. But he also worked on early fanzines, was President & Publisher of DC Comics from 2002-2009, is a member of the CBLDF board, and is the author of 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking. Join Levitz and moderator Robert Greenberger as they look back on Levitz's life in comics.

2:00-3:00 - BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!/BOOM! Town

BOOM! Studios returns to Charm City with a jam-packed panel! Learn what is next from BOOM! as Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon and VP of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik run down the most exciting new projects and reveal upcoming titles from BOOM! Studios, KaBOOM!, and BOOM! Town with creators including Roger Langridge (SNARKED), Michael Alan Nelson (VALEN THE OUTCAST), and Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb (ADVENTURE TIME)! This is a panel you won't want to miss!

3:00-4:00 - Artist Alley Comics

Come discover the new home for creator-driven digital comics, Artist Alley Comics! We'll reveal why the company is important to the future of digital comics for both fans and creators alike.

Co-founders Craig Rousseau, Rich Woodall, and Kelly Yates will be joined on the panel by Richard Case, Randy Green, and Chris Kemple. Moderated by Stephen Mayer, co-host of the Acme Wave Projector podcast.

Free copies of the Artist Alley Comics preview book for 50 people.

www.artistalleycomics.com

4:00-5:00 - Creating Your Comic/Manga from Concept to Publication

The three time Harvey-nominated husband and wife creators of The Uniques, The Uniques Tales, and Rainbow in the Dark, Comfort Love and Adam Withers, teach you how to create your own comic. The entire process - concepting, scripting, thumbnails, pencils, color, PDF's and CBZ's, printing, distribution, the web, and even maximizing your convention experience will be covered in this seminar. You will walk away with an understanding of the tools you will need to create and sell your own book.

Room 302-303

11:00-12:00 - Team Cul de Sac

When Richard Thompson, the creator of the comic strip Cul de Sac, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, his friend Chris Sparks began a fundraising effort to honor his friend. With Richard's support, he asked others to donate artwork featuring the Cul de Sac characters for a Team Cul de Sac book with proceeds going to The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research. Now, join Chris Sparks and other members of Team Cul de Sac including Steve Conley, Matt Dembicki, SL Gallant, Roger Landgridge, and others as they discuss the book, Richard Thompson's work, and their continuing efforts to raise funds in Richard's name.

12:00-1:00 - The British Invasion  very tempting! . . now I’m conflicted

In the 1980s, a number of British writers and artists started producing work for American comics and brought a fresh take that appealed to fans and critics alike. That creativity is kept alive today by creators including Brian Bolland (Dial H), Mark Buckingham (Fables), and Barry Kitson (Captain America). Join them and moderator Robert Greenberger for a lively and fun look at their work and the British Invasion of American comics.

1:00-2:00 - Creating Comics the comiXology Way I want to understand this,

ComiXology has not only transformed the industry in making digital comics available everywhere, but they have also created the foundation for comic storytelling to be expressed in new ways. Originally created to artfully display comics on small screens, comiXology's revolutionary Guided View reading technology has evolved to dramatically change how comic stories are being told. From early experiments like Box 13, Valentine, and Power Play to more recent efforts like Marvel's Infinite Comics, comiXology's Guided View has ushered in a new era of comic book creation. Join comiXology co-founder John D. Roberts alongside PowerPlay and Infinite Comics artist Reilly Brown and Valentine creator Alex De Campi as they talk about the ins and outs of creating comics using the Guided View tools. Roberts will also discuss comiXology's plans for these tools.

2:00-3:00 - The Future of VALIANT  Sounds like fun!

Valiant is back and, just a few months in, the buzz couldn't be bigger for the most successful relaunch in comics! Now, find out what the future holds for the Valiant Universe with an exclusive round of announcements and in-depth discussion featuring Robert Venditti & Cary Nord (X-O Manowar), Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong), Justin Jordan (Shadowman), Executive Editor Warren Simons and a few surprise special guests! What fateful events lay beyond the horizon for the Valiant Universe? Who will stand to challenge X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, and the rest of Valiant's greatest heroes this fall? And with Shadowman just around the corner, who will be the next iconic character to enter the fray? Find out right here as Valiant begins drafting its grand plans for 2013, only at Baltimore Comic-Con!

PLUS, no fan will want to miss the special door prizes Valiant will have on hand for every panel attendee.

3:00-4:00 - Dynamite Entertainment presents Garth Ennis  I plan to see this!

Join writer Garth Ennis and Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt for a lively hour of discussion on all things Boys, Battlefields, Dynamite, and more!

4:00-5:00 - The History of Censorship in Comics

Since the very beginning of the art form, comics have been the victim of near-constant scrutiny and censorship. Learn about the history of this persecution, from book-burnings in the 1940's, to Senate Hearings in the 1950's, through to today, when fans routinely have their digital media searched by moral watchdogs. Instances of censorship in every decade will be discussed, as well as why they occur, and how they are fought, and can be prevented. Presented by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's Deputy Director Alex Cox, and Comic Author and Historian Fred Van Lente.

Room 307-310

1:00-2:00 - Spotlight on Phil LaMarr

You may know Phil LaMarr from his five-year run on Fox's MADtv. Or you may know him from his voice work on such animated shows as Justice League Unlimited, Static Shock, Futurama, and Family Guy. Here's your chance to spend an hour with Phil and learn even more about this talented actor, comedian, and life-long comic fan.

2:00-3:00 - Meet the Co-Publisher

DCE Panelist: Dan DiDio

Moderator: Bob Wayne

As the Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment, Dan DiDio is one of the driving forces behind DC Comics - The New 52, DC's digital initiative, Before Watchmen, and much more. Here's your chance to discover more behind-the-scenes information from one of the industry's most dynamic leaders!

3:00-4:00 - MARVEL: Marvel NOW!

A major shake-up is coming for the Marvel Universe, and you can be the first to know the details! In this panel, Tom Brevoort (SVP - Executive Editor) and some special guests will reveal secrets about the launch of a new line of #1 issues including Uncanny Avengers, Iron Man, Indestructible Hulk, Thor: God of Thunder, and Captain America, and answer your questions about what's coming up in this new iteration of the House of Ideas!

4:00 - Stan Lee VIP ticket-holders may queue up for the Stan Lee Spotlight.

4:15 - General Public may queue up for the Stan Lee Spotlight.

4:30-5:30 - Stan Lee Spotlight

Face Front, True Believers! Stan's back! This is a panel no comics fan will want to miss as Jimmy Palmiotti sits down with the one and only Stan "The Man" Lee! He is a Founding Father of the Marvel Universe and the face of Marvel Comics to legions of fans. Join the writer, editor, actor, and legend as he discusses his illustrious career. Excelsior!

Art Auction (2505-2507)

Immediately following the Stan Lee panel - Auction of 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook art

The art created for the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook celebrating 15 years of Frank Cho's Liberty Meadows will be auctioned at this special event! Don't miss this opportunity to own original art featuring Frank's characters as depicted by artists including Frank Quitely, Brandon Peterson, Gene Ha, David Petersen, Bernard Chang, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Tom Raney, Billy Tucci, Steve Conley, Thom Zahler, Craig Rousseau, Frank Cho, and many others!

Sunday, September 9

Room 301

11:00-12:00 - Future Approaches to Teaching Comics in the High School Classroom Yes!

The use of comics as an educational tool to engage students has seen a growing acceptance in many classrooms across the country. While many of the earliest adapters have employed comics to engage challenged and reluctant readers, there is a growing chorus of teachers who are using comics to cover a broad range of subjects at the secondary level. In this session, John Shableski talks with Dr. John Weaver about his experience with introducing Watchmen to his high school students and his more recent endeavors of teaching Ulysses Seen (iPad app). Joining the panel will be Rob Berry, creator of Ulysses Seen, the comic adaptation of James Joyce's classic work.

12:00-1:00 - Ron Marz and Jamal Igle Spotlight

Back in 1994, Jamal penciled eight pages in Green Lantern #52 from a script by series writer Ron Marz. It was Jamal's first published work, and while the two remained friends ever since, they haven't worked together in the ensuing years. That's all about to change, as the two creators meet for a spotlight panel discussing the past, present, and future. Specials guests and the announcement of an exciting new project make this a panel you won't want to miss.

1:00-2:00 - Christianity and Comics With Billy Tucci

In an industry dominated by secular heroes, join award-winning writer/artist Billy Tucci for a enlightening discussion on his Christmas graphic novella, "A Child Is Born" and the portrayal of Christianity in comics.

2:00-3:00 - IDW Publishing

2012 has been a huge year for IDW. Join Vice President of Marketing Dirk Wood, and a guest or two, for inside information on what else is in the works! Announcements, excitement, gossip, prizes, and Q&A!

3:00-4:00 - Avatar Press: News and Q&A

Join the Avatar staff and special guest, writer/artist Mike Wolfer (Stitched, Lady Death, Night of the Living Dead), and get all the fresh news from Avatar Press, the industry's most ground-breaking, risk-taking publisher! Want insight into the hottest titles from such industry luminaries as David Lapham, Garth Ennis, and Alan Moore? Can't get enough Ferals, Fashion Beast, or Crossed? Find out what new terrors and triumphs this rogue publisher will unleash in the months ahead, and get your questions answered!

Room 302-302

11:00-12:00 - Tribute to Joe Kubert

The world of comics lost one of its legendary creators recently with the death of Joe Kubert. Whether through his work on the page, the work done through The Kubert School, or his sons Adam and Andy, his legacy will live on in comics for years to come. Join Paul Levitz, Robert Greenberger, and former students Tom Raney, Timothy Truman, and Thom Zahler as they remember Joe Kubert.

12:00-2:00 - MARVEL: Marvel Boot Camp Seminar  Seems like a can’t miss event!

To benefit the Hero Initiative, this special ticketed seminar takes you behind the scenes into the inner philosophy of Marvel Publishing, as SVP - Executive Editor Tom Brevoort shares with the public for the first time the training indoctrination lecture he gives to the Marvel editorial staff. Revealing how Marvel editors think about the business of storytelling as well as inside secrets and tricks-of-the-trade, this lecture will be followed up as time permits with an open Q & A in which attendees can probe Tom's mind on any and all questions relating to finding a career in the industry. And the proceeds all go to an excellent cause! Tickets will be available throughout the show at the Hero Initiative Booth (1705-1706) for $10.

2:00-3:00 - Spotlight on Frank Quitely  A good possibility.

Frank Quitely is a fan-favorite artist whose work includes All-Star Superman and New X-Men. Now's your chance to learn more about Frank as he discusses his work with artist and teacher, José Villarrubia.

3:00-4:00 - Breaking into Comics Right Now!  Also on my list.

If you're an aspiring comic book creator, this is a panel you don't want to miss! Join BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie and VP of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik as they give you up-to-date and practical advice on how to break into the comic book industry. Learn what you need to do to make your comic book dreams come true in a world where the Internet and social media have changed everything. This won't be your grandfather's "breaking into comics" panel.

Room 307-310

1:00-4:00 - 4th Annual Costume Contest sponsored by StylinOnline.com

The fun begins at 1:00 pm! With $1,000 up for grabs for the best overall costume and prizes for each of the 10 categories, this is one event all of you cosplayers don't want to miss! Adult Categories have a $5 entry fee per person and, as always, kids up to age 17 can enter the costume contest for free! For more information and a complete list of categories, visit our website's Costume Contest page.

Kids Love Comics Pavilion (2403) I love that there is a special section for this!

Kids Love Comics Pavilion is brought to you by The Comic Book Diner (comicbookdiner.com) Comics Podcast, all about the business and fun of creating comics and graphic novels; and the Baltimore Comic-Con.

SATURDAY

All Day - Coloring and Drawing Area for Kids of All Ages

Artists and volunteers will be on hand to help kids draw, create their own comics, and have 4 Color Fun! KLC balloons and temp tattoos while supplies last!

Kids Comic Contest!

Kids can draw and enter their own comic and win a piece of original art from the KLC Creators! (Please hand in entries by 4:30 pm Saturday to John Gallagher's booth in the KLC Pavilion!)

(Please note: Kids 12and under should be accompanied by an adult at all times.)

11am - 12 noon - Create-A-Cape

Kids can make their own capes and decorate them, with the help of KLC Artists & Volunteers! Please note: these capes do NOT let you fly!

12 Noon - Bloop!

Steve Conley draws his little green space monkey, showing how simple shapes allow you to create just about anything!

12:45 pm - Betty vs. Veronica with Archie's Dan Parent

Dan Parent is the writer and artist of many of Archie Comics' top sellers-- now he gives a tutorial on drawing characters in the style of Betty, Veronica, and Jughead!

1:30 pm - Kids! Make! Comics! with John & Katie Gallagher  He’s a great presenter!

Mr. Gallagher and his 10-year old daughter Katie have created "Zoey & Ketchup," a graphic novel about a dog & his girl -- now it's YOUR turn! The creators discuss the history of comics, the steps and process of writing, pencilling, inking, & more -- then we'll help you start your own comic!

2:15 pm - Mash Up!! with Jamar Nicholas  Another fine teacher!

In 15 minutes, you can create your own superhero or character by combining different ideas, elements, and occupations-- Cartoonist Jamar Nicholas shows you how!

3 pm - Owly! with Andy Runton

Mr. Runton draws everybody's favorite forest creatures, including Owly, Wormy, and more!

3:45 pm - Jamal Igle Draws Molly Danger!

See how Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Action Comics) draws his own super heroic Molly Danger!

4:30 pm - Creating Comics Workshop

Several Kids Comics Creators team up to discuss how they create comics, and take questions from aspiring creators.

6:30 pm - All Comic Contest Entries are Due at John Gallagher's Booth; KLC Stage closes

SUNDAY

All Day - Coloring and Drawing Area for Kids of All Ages

Artists and volunteers will be on hand to help kids draw, create their own comics, and have 4 Color Fun! Also, KLC balloons and temp tattoos while supplies last!

(Please note: Kids 12 and under should be accompanied by an adult at all times.)

11 am - 12 noon - Mask Mania!

Kids can make their own super-duper masks and decorate them, with the help of KLC Artists & Volunteers. Warning: No Super Villains Allowed.

12 Noon - Amelia Rules!

Jimmy Gownley shows you how to draw Amelia & her friends and shows how you can create comics from real life situations

12:45 pm - Manga Blitz! with Mary Cagle (www.kiwiblitz.com)

Miss Cagle will give kids guidance on drawing in the Manga style, and making your comics fun!

1:30 pm - Aw Yeah, Franco!

Tiny Titans and Aw Yeah Comics! creator Franco takes you on an artistic journey of cool cats, powerful pups, and Tiny... uh, you get the picture!

2:15 pm - Knight of the Drawing Board! with Frank Cammuso!

The creator of Max Hamm and Knights of the Lunch Table shows you how to create fun and interesting characters!

3 pm - Kids Comics Contest Winners Announced!

3:15 pm - Create-A-Hero!

KLC Artists team up with the audience to create original super heroes and silly sidekicks!

SIGNINGS

(All times subject to change)

Garth Ennis at the Dynamite Entertainment Booth (1501)

Saturday: 12:30-2:30, 4:30-5:30

Sunday: 1:00-3:00

Hero Initiative Booth (1705-1706)

Saturday

10:00-11:00: Chris Ivy

11:00-1:00: John Romita Jr.

2:00-3:30: Herb Trimpe

3:00-5:00: John Romita Jr.

4:00-5:00: Jeff Lemire

5:00-6:00: Mike Choi

Sunday

10:00-11:00: John Romita Jr.

11:00-12:00: Jeff Lemire

12:00-1:00: Chris Ivy

1:00-2:00: Herb Trimpe

2:00-4:00: Chris Ivy

Phil LaMarr (1810) - fee required

Saturday: 11:00-12:30, 2:30-5:00

Sunday: 11:00-1:00, 2:00-5:00

Portfolio Reviews

Artists: Bring your portfolio and have it reviewed by Greg Tumbarello, Assistant Editor at Legendary Comics. 2:00-4:00 Saturday at Table A312.

Artists: Amazon Studios is doing portfolio reviews throughout the weekend at booth 1602. Times to be announced.

British Invasion at Baltimore Comic-Con this weekend

 

. . . .  from the official press release . . . . . .

The British Embassy Joins Forces with the Baltimore Comic-Con to Celebrate 'The British Invasion'

2012 is Great Britain Comic-Con BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - September 6, 2012 - Ever wondered where the genius behind many of the favourite comic books in the 1980s came from? Captain America and many other of your favourite comic books were actually enhanced by 'The British Invasion' of the comic book world. The British Embassy in Washington will be celebrating this theme at Baltimore Comic-Con, this weekend, showcasing what is great about the comic book, science-fiction, and creative industries in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The team from the British Embassy will be exhibiting in the lobby of the Baltimore Comic-Con, and its booth will feature images of characters portrayed during the long history of creativity in the UK - from the early days of Doctor Who to the present, to Game of Thrones and British contributions to American creative arts. Come experience why Creativity is GREAT in the UK and to take a fresh look at the longstanding British Invasion of American comics.

James Barbour, Press Secretary, British Embassy, says:

"Comic books have long been a part of our culture. We are thrilled that a "British Invasion" theme was chosen for this year's Baltimore Comic-Con, adding to the excitement that the Queen's Jubilee and the London Olympics have brought to the UK this year. Spider-Man, which was one of my favourite comics growing up, is currently and has previously been drawn by British artists, adding to the celebration of American and British comics this weekend."

In the 1980s, a number of British writers and artists started producing work for American comics and brought a fresh take that appealed to fans and critics alike. This has been coined the 'British Invasion'. British creativity in the industry is kept alive today by creators including Brian Bolland, Mark Buckingham, and Barry Kitson. All three will speak on a panel themed around the 'British Invasion.'

About the British Embassy

The Embassy and our other posts in the US work to develop and sustain the important and long-standing relationship between the UK and the USA. This involves dealing with a wide range of political, commercial, security and economic questions of interest to the UK and the US.

The Baltimore Comic-Con has lined up a number of Brits to attend, many speaking on panels about their work and the strength of the British creativity.

Scottish comic book artist Frank Quitely will also be taking part in the convention, speaking in his own spotlight panel. In addition, Northern Irish comic book writer Garth Ennis will be the featured participant in a special discussion.

The UK has the largest creative sector per head in the world, and British artists have excelled in the areas of music, computer games, fine art, and film.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Jimmy Cheung and Paul Pope coming to Baltimore Comic Con

 

from the official press release . . . . . . . .  .

Baltimore Comic-Con Adds Jimmy Cheung and Paul Pope

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 25, 2012 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce the addition of artists Jimmy Cheung and Paul Pope to the sensational line-up of creators for this year's show, taking place on September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Avengers vs. X-Men Poster by Jimmy Cheung

Avengers vs. X-Men Poster by Jimmy Cheung

Joining the British Invasion of comic creators in Baltimore (including Brian Bolland, Barry Kitson, and Mark Buckingham), artist Jimmy Cheung began his career in the mid-1990s at Marvel Comics working on such titles as X-Force, Force Works, and Spider-Man Unlimited. In 2000, he left Marvel to join the team at CrossGen Comics, helming the art duties on one of their flagship titles, Scion.

In 2005, Cheung returned to Marvel and became one of their "Young Guns," a group of artists that, according to Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, had the qualities that make "a future superstar penciller." Most recently, Cheung finished illustrating Avengers: The Children's Crusade, a mini-series which ran from 2010 through 2012.

Paul Pope is an American comic artist whose work has ranged from manga to American-style comics. Throughout his career, Pope has worked for such companies as Dark Horse, DC, and Marvel Comics, Dargaud in France, and Kodansha in Japan. His book Batman:Year 100 won Eisners for Best Limited Series and Best Writer/Artist in 2007. Since 2011, he has been a sitting board member of the American Council of the Arts. He is currently finishing work on his latest graphic novel, Battling Boy, to be released soon through First Second.

"We're delighted to be adding both of these talented creators to our line-up this close to the show," said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "Both Jimmy and Paul are fan favorites, and bring such eclectic bodies of work along with them that they both truly enrich the pool of talent already assembled for this year's show."

ComiXology launches massive creator database

 

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from the official ComiXology press release . . . . . .

The Great ComiXology Call For Creator Info Begins!
ComiXology Seeks Info From Creators

26 Week initiative Launches at Baltimore Comic Con 2012

September 5th, 2012 - New York, NY - ComiXology, the revolutionary digital comics platform with over 75 million comic and graphic novel downloads to date, continues their digital charge with a virtual “call” to all professional comic creators everywhere! This weekend at the 13th annual Baltimore Comic Con comiXology is launching a twenty-six week initiative to gather creator photos and info to complete the comiXology database of nearly 6,000 professional comic creators whose work is featured on the platform.

During each of the next twenty-six weeks, comiXology will focus on creators with last names that start with each letter in the alphabet — with week one starting with letter “A” and ending with the letter “Z”

Professional comic creators with books on the comiXology platform are invited to submit their pictures and biographies to comiXology by first contacting comiXology through comiXology’s twitter account here: twitter.com/comixology. Once verified, creators will be provided with an email address to submit their information to be used on the comiXology platform.

“Providing the best consumer experience possible is the core part of our mission to bring comics to everyone,” said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “Creators are the lifeblood of the comic industry and having the most complete info about creators will create a fuller experience for our customers. In twenty-six weeks we plan to cover everyone from Aaron to Zuzelo.”

ComiXology was most recently in the news during the week of Comic-Con International, when they announced the launch of their all-new Windows 8 reader, followed by unveiling the addition of three new publishers to the comiXology platform — ABRAMS, Bongo and Fantagraphics Books. ComiXology and Bongo also launched the Simpsons Comics iOS app that week.

About comiXology
Founded in 2007with the mission of bringing comics to people everywhere, comiXology — in just five short years — has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel world. From creating the industry leading platform for digital comics to tools and services for brick and mortar retailers, comiXology has lead the charge in exposing new audiences to the rich history and culture of comic books. With the development of the Comics by comiXology digital comics platform — available across iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and the Web— comiXology provides the easiest way worldwide for people to enjoy comics at just the click of a button! Regularly ranking as the top grossing iPad app in the entire iTunes App Store, Comics by comiXology was recently selected as a preloaded app on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Providing digital comics across multiple platforms, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the earth has been turned into a comic book fan.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Romita Sr. and Lee together at Baltimore

from the official press release . . . . . . . . . .

John Romita Sr. Joins Stan Lee for Panel at the Baltimore Comic-Con

Limited edition print available for purchase by

VIP and VIP GOLD Ticket Holders

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - September 3, 2012 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is proud to announce that John Romita Sr.will join Stan Lee for his panel, to be held Saturday afternoon, September 8th at 4:30pm. John is appearing on behalf of the Hero Initiative.ASM692 watermark

Best known for his work at Marvel Comics on the Amazing Spider-Man, John began working for the company at Atlas Comics in the 1950s on war, romance, horror, and other genres. He freelanced at DC Comics in the mid-1950s on romance titles and cover art, eventually leaving to work as a commercial artist before being lured back to Marvel full time where he spent time working on Daredevil, Fantastic Four, and eventually his long run on Amazing Spider-Man, defining for many the look of the Spider-Man characters.

In addition, Stan Lee Collectibles is pleased to announce that they will have a limited edition poster for sale at the show. A small number of these limited edition posters have been reserved for VIP and VIP GOLD ticket holders to ensure they are able to purchase one. Limited quantities are available for purchase by attendees. The posters may be purchased at booth 1507-1508 on the showroom floor.
Finally, we are pleased to announce Stan's Appearance Schedule while at the Baltimore Comic-Con:
Saturday (times are approximate)
10:30 -12:00 - SIGNING
12:30 - 1:30 - PHOTOS
2:00 - 3:30 - SIGNING
3:45 - 4:25 - PHOTOS
4:30 - 5:30 - PANEL
5:45 - TBD - SIGNING
Sunday (times are approximate)
10:00 - 11:00 - PHOTOS
11:00 - 12:00 - SIGNING
1:00 - 4:00 - SIGNING & PHOTOS - EXACT TIMES TBD

The Hero Initiative is a federally charted not-for-profit corporation dedicated to helping comic book creators in their hour on need. By providing financial safety nets for medical aid, financial support for the necessities of life, and an avenue back to paying work, the Hero Initiative, through the support of its donors, has been able to grant more than $500,000 to over 50 comic veterans.

For more information about how to help support the Hero Initiative, please visit www.heroinitiative.org.

General Admission

General Admission tickets for Saturday, Sunday, and the weekend are available at baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Marvel art book debuts at Baltimore Comic-Con

from the official press release . . . .

Brandon Peterson Comes to Baltimore!

Brando Marvel Remastered CoverBALTIMORE, MARYLAND - September 1, 2012 - "Marvel Remastered" will debut at the Baltimore Comic-Con, September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center. This beautiful, full color, oversized 48-page hardcover features the Marvel Comics artwork of Brandon "Brando" Peterson collected over his long comics career. The artist gives insight into his techniques, and each piece of artwork has been remastered to make every piece a new revelation. Limited copies will be available at the artist's table.

Brandon Peterson has been a professional illustrator for over 20 years, working primarily as a penciller and inker, but often as a colorist, writer, editor, and art director. He is currently working at Marvel Comics, as the artist onbooks like AvX, Avengers, The Ultimates, Ultimate Vision, Ultimate Extinction, Ultimate X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, X-Men, and Uncanny X-Men. Brandon was also VP of Special Projects and Art Director of the now-defunct CrossGen Comics, where he created titles like Mystic and Chimera. He is also a veteran of Top Cow Productions, having worked on Codename: Strykeforce, Cyberforce, Ripclaw, Medieval Spawn/Witchblade, and his own book, Arcanum.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

BAT-CREATORS = Adams–-Capullo-–Finch-–Snyder-–Tomasi

from the official press release . . . . . .

Baltimore Comic-Con Signals Batman Creators to This Year's Show

Batman by Snyder and Capullo BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 28, 2012 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is excited to welcome the creators of DC Comics' Batman-line to this year's show!  Neal Adams (Batman: Odyssey), Greg Capullo (Batman), David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), Scott Snyder (Batman), and Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin) will all attend the 13th annual show, taking place the weekend of September 8-9, 2012.

Neal Adams is no stranger to the world of Batman at DC Comics. His work on such DC Comics characters as Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and Green Arrow redefined an era of comics, bringing a photorealistic feel to the pages of their respective books. In April of this year, Adams wrapped up writing and drawing the 7-issue second volume of Batman: Odyssey, a self-contained story following up on the first volume that takes place outside of DC's New 52 continuity.

Greg Capullo began his mainstream comic career in the early '90s, working on the Marvel titles Quasar, X-Force, and What If?  In 1993, he left Marvel for the Image Comics series Spawn, where he took over regular art duties with issue #26. Over the course of his career, Capullo has provided covers and interior art for such Image titles as Spawn, Angela, The Creech, and Haunt. In 2007, his artwork was collected in the hard cover book, The Art of Greg Capullo, published by Image Comics. Most recently, he has handled the art duties on Batman, the New 52 title which launched last September from DC Comics.

Batman: The Dark Knight by FinchDavid Finch began his career in 1994, working on Image Comics' Cyberforce. After working at Image through 2001, Finch moved over to Marvel Comics where he worked on such titles as Ultimate X-Men, Wolverine, New Avengers, and Moon Knight. In 2010, he became an exclusive artist for DC Comics, where he began writing and drawing the new ongoing title, Batman: The Dark Knight, which has continued as a second volume following the events of Flashpoint and the start of DC's New 52.

Scott Snyder, who is currently writing DC's Batman (with artist Greg Capullo) and Swamp Thing, made a huge impact on the comic industry last year with his ground-breaking work in both series in DC's New 52. In 2011, he received a Harvey Award for Best New Series for his work on American Vampire. In addition to these three titles, Snyder will be co-writing the upcoming series Talon, which spins off directly from his critically-acclaimed "Court of Owls" storyline from Batman.

Peter Tomasi is a writer and editor best known for his work at DC Comics. He began his career in 1993, editing such titles as Green Lantern, the Batman titles, Aquaman, Hawkman, and JSA before being promoted to Senior Editor in 2003. In 2007, Tomasi decided to move from editing to writing full-time and, in 2010, took over writing Batman and Robin with issue #20. Since the launch of the New 52 last September, Tomasi has helmed the new volumes of both Batman and Robin and Green Lantern Corps.

"With the success of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy and the popularity of the character over the last few years, it's great to be able give fans the creators that bring Batman to life on the printed page month-in and month-out," said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "We're thrilled to have Neal, Greg, David, Scott, and Peter returning to the show this year!"

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Baltimore Comic Con - - - Marvel Boot Camp for writers/artists

 

from the official Baltimore Comic Con press release.  More great reasons to be there!

Marvel Boot Camp Seminar Benefits the Hero Initiative at the Baltimore Comic-Con

Marvel with legalBALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 30, 2012 - To benefit the Hero Initiative (heroinitiative.org), Marvel Comics presents the Marvel Boot Camp Seminar at the Baltimore Comic-Con on Sunday, September 9 from 12:00-2:00. Tickets for this special event are $10, with the entire cost of the ticket going directly to the Hero Initiative and seating is limited. Tickets will be available at the Hero Initiative Booth throughout the show prior to the seminar. If any tickets are still available, they will be sold at the door of the seminar.

What is the Marvel Boot Camp? Marvel SVP-Executive Editor Tom Brevoort gives a training lecture to the Marvel editorial staff explaining how Marvel editors think about the business of storytelling. For the FIRST TIME, Brevoort is sharing that lecture with the public. There will also be inside secrets, tricks-of-the-trade, and - time permitting - a Q & A with Brevoort.

"When Tom approached me with this idea, I thought it was fantastic," says Roger Ash, who coordinates programming for the Baltimore Comic-Con. "If someone's considering a career in comics, this seminar is an amazing opportunity and it's also great for fans who want a peek behind the scenes at Marvel. Making this seminar even better is the fact that it benefits the Initiative, which does outstanding work helping comic creators in need."

ABOUT MARVEL:

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com.

ABOUT THE HERO INITIATIVE

Hero InitiativeThe Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday's creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. Hero is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) charity.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

TICKETS

Buy your convention tickets and save time at the show! - http://baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/
For Harvey Award Tickets - http://baltimorecomiccon.com/harvey-awards/

Baltimore Comic-Con: now Two Days with STAN LEE !

 

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This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. 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, September 8th.

This event gets better every year!  I’m really looking forward to Baltimore Comic-Con.  During the week I’ll be spot-lighting some of the highlights of this year’s convention.  Hoping to persuade you to join me there - - hint, hint.  . . . . from the official press release:

Stan Lee Extends his Baltimore Visit to Sunday!

Stan Lee bBALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 31, 2012 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is ecstatic to announce that Stan Lee has extended his time at the Con to include Sunday until 4pm!

With 1 week to go, and more news breaking every day about the Baltimore Comic-Con and surrounding events, NOW is the time to purchase your tickets. By purchasing your tickets online, you avoid the ticket booth lines at the Convention Center. In addition, you can only buy some tickets online - notably, our special STAN LEE VIP and VIP GOLD packages. Finally, Harvey Award tickets are also only sold on-line.

General Admission

General Admission tickets for Saturday, Sunday, and the weekend are available at baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/.

VIP PACKAGES:

Stan Lee will now be appearing both days at the show. While one Stan Lee autograph and one Stan Lee photograph is included with each VIP Admission and each VIP GOLD Admission, attendees can now purchase individual autographs from our website. In addition, VIP and VIP GOLD attendees can purchase additional individual autographs from Stan Lee with these autograph tickets. Purchase yours at http://baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/.

VIP Ticket holders receive:

* 30-minute early admission on both days of the show

* One (1) item SIGNED by Stan Lee

* One (1) PHOTOGRAPH with Stan Lee

* Fast track access to for Stan's signing line and his photo line

* Priority Seating at Stan's panel on Saturday

* Stan Lee t-shirt courtesy of StylinOnline

* Frank Cho Liberty Meadows Calendar

VIP GOLD Ticket holders receive:

* EXCLUSIVE Friday-night Q&A panel at the hotel of Stan Lee and friends, including Walt Simonson, Louise Simonson, Herb Trimpe, Frank Cho, Barry Kitson, Mark Buckingham, Larry Hama, and Roger Stern. JUST ADDED -- Mark Waid will now moderate the Stan Lee and friends panel!

* EXCLUSIVE "meet and greet" with Stan and Guests following the panel.

* EXCLUSIVE signing time where Stan will sign the VIP GOLD member's ITEM at the Friday event! (Skip the Saturday line entirely!)

NOTE : VIP GOLD TICKET HOLDERS RECEIVE 1 SIGNATURE. THEY MAY CLAIM IT FRIDAY, SATURDAY, OR SUNDAY.

Plus all benefits of the VIP Ticket holder:

* 30-minute early admission on both days of the show

* One (1) item SIGNED by Stan Lee

* One (1) PHOTOGRAPH with Stan Lee

* Fast track access to for Stan's signing line and his photo line

* Priority Seating at Stan's panel on Saturday

* Stan Lee t-shirt courtesy of StylinOnline

* Frank Cho Liberty Meadows Calendar

VIP and VIP GOLD Ticket purchasers will receive details (times, places, etc.) approximately 1 week before the show.

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The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards will be held on the night of Saturday, September 8th, and tickets are on sale now! Tickets to the event, which includes full cocktail hour (cash bar), full service dinner (featuring a Baltimore Crabcake!), awards ceremony, and a gift bag, are now available for $125. Tickets are available at our website via credit card or Paypal at baltimorecomiccon.com/harvey-awards/.

I'll See You In Baltimore 2012This year's confirmed guests for the show including: Guest of Honor, Stan "The Man" Lee (Saturday only!); Neal Adams (First X-Men, Baman: Odyssey); Jason Adams (Sculptor); Josh Adams (Doctor Who, Sherlock); Dave Aikins (SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer children's books illustrator); Ken Bald (Golden Age Timely/Marvel Artist); Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); Brian Bolland (Dial H, Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland); Tom Brevoort (Avengers); Harold Buchholz (Archie Comics); Mark Buckingham (Fables, Doctor Who); Jim Calafiore (Secret Six); Frank Cammuso (Knights of the Lunch Table, Otto's Orange Day); Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn); Richard Case (Artist Alley Comics, Doom Patrol); Tommy Castillo (Grimm Fairy Tales); Bernard Chang (DC Comics Presents, War of the Green Lanterns); Jo Chen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight - Saturday only!); Sean Chen (Steel, Avengers Academy, Voltron); Jim Cheung (Avengers vs. X-Men, AVX VS., Spider-Men);Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows); Mike Choi (Fantastic Four, Demon Knights, Captain Atom); Steve Conley (Bloop webcomic www.bloopstree.com); Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre); Geof Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy); Lar deSouza (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Todd Dezago (Perhapanauts); Dan Didio (O.M.A.C.); Eryk Donovan (SEQAPUNCH anthology, 'Ringo Scholarship Recipient); Joe Eisma (Morning Glories); Garth Ennis (The Shadow, Hellblazer, Preacher, The Boys); Rich Faber (Roboy Red); Ray Fawkes (One Soul); Joshua Hale Fialkov (I, Vampire, Echoes, Last of the Greats); David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight); Anthony Fleecs (In My Lifetime); Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle, Swamp Thing, Captain America and Black Widow); Franco (Tiny Titans, Superman Family Adventures); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); SL Gallant (G.I. Joe); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman); Bryan J.L. Glass (Mice Templar); Mike Gold (Mike Gold - Editor, DC Comics, Co-Founder and Editor First Comics); Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!); Dan Green (Amazing Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Legion of Super-Heroes); Randy Green (Artist Alley Comics, Witchblade); Brad Guigar (Evil Inc.); Gene Ha (Justice League); Larry Hama (G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The 'Nam); Cully Hamner (Action Comics); Scott Hanna (Green Lantern Corps); Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City); Marc Hempel (Sandman, Gregory, Blood of the Innocent); Eric Henson (Perhapanauts : Danger Down Under); Greg Horn (Max Payne, Avengers DK, Avengers Academy); Jason Horn (Ninjasaur); Jamal Igle (KISS, Supergirl, The Ray); Chris Ivy (Hero Comics, Army of Darkness); J.G. Jones (Wanted, Doc Savage); Justin Jordan (Shadowman), Chris Kemple (Artist Alley Comics, Negative Burn); Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press); Barry Kitson (Captain America, Iron Man, Fantastic Four); Roger Langridge (Snarked, Popeye, The Muppets, Thor the Mighty Avenger); Greg LaRocque (Web of Spider-Man, The Avengers, Legion of Super Heroes); Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon); Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men); Norman Lee (Uncanny X-Men, New Mutants, Wolverine and the X-Men); Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Justice League Dark, Animal Man, Essex County); Paul Levitz (DC Comics, Legion of Super Heroes); Joe Linsner (Dawn); David Mack (Kabuki); Kevin Maguire (World's Finest); Mark Mariano (Happyloo); Laura Martin (Avengers vs. X-Men, Captain America, 100 Penny Press: The Rocketeer); Ron Marz (Artifacts, Voodoo); Bob McLeod (DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman); Carla Speed McNeil (Finder); Pop Mhan (Gears of War, Blank, Ender's Game); Mark Morales (Avengers vs. X-Men); Dave Nestler (Salem's Daughter: The Haunting, Grimm Fairy Tales); Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground); Cary Nord (X-O Manowar, Conan); Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western); Dan Parent (Archie, Veronica, Kevin Keller); Dan Parsons (Star Wars artist); Andrew Pepoy (Fables, The Simpsons, Simone & Ajax); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Uncanny X-Men, Ultimates Comics Ultimates); Khoi Pham (X-Men); Paul Pope (THB, Adventure Time); Eric Powell (The Goon); Brian Pulido (Lady Death); Frank Quitely (All Star Superman, Batman & Robin); Mike Raicht (Stuff of Legend, Infestation: G.I. Joe, Dark Shadows); Tom Raney (Suicide Squad, Incredible Hulk, Avengers Academy); Joe Rivera (Daredevil); Paolo Rivera (Daredevil); John Romita, Jr. (Avengers Vs. X-Men); Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge); Craig Rousseau (Perhapanauts, Marvel Super-Heroes); Joe Rubinstein (Agent Marc Sanders, Green Hornet Golden Age Remastered); Andy Runton (Owly); Christophe Ryder (Dames in the Atomic Age); Scott Christian Sava (The Dreamland Chronicles); Alex Saviuk (STAN LEE's MIGHTY 7); Stuart Sayger (Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night One-Shot); Matteo Scalera (Secret Avengers, Irredeemable, Valen the Outcast, Wolverine & the X-Men); Louise Simonson (Rocketeer Adventures, Power Pack); Walter Simonson (Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers); Scott Snyder (Batman, Severed, Swamp Thing); John K. Snyder III (Zorro Rides Again); Nicky Soh (LIQUID CITY, 'Ringo Scholarship Recipient); Ryan Sohmer (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Mark Sparacio (Liberty Girl, Omega Paradox, Jonah Hex); Chris Sparks (Team Cul de Sac); Jim Starlin (Infinity Gauntlet, Dreadstar, Captain Marvel); Brian Stelfreeze (ICE); Roger Stern (Hulk Smash Avengers, The Captain America Corps); Paul Storrie (Twisted Journeys, Sheena: Queen of the Jungle); Karl Story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9); Robert Tinnell (Flesh & Blood, EZ Street, Wicked West); Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin); Herb Trimpe (G.I. Joe, Wolverine); Tim Truman (Hawken, Grimjack); Billy Tucci (A Child Is Born, Shi); Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong), Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar, Surrogates); Neil Vokes (Flesh And Blood, The Dark Forest); Dave Wachter (Night of 1000 Wolves); Matt Wagner (Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel); Mark Waid (Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredeemable); Matt Webb (Flesh and Blood, John Byrne's Next Men, Zombie Tales); Mark Wheatley (Frankenstein Mobster, Fables, Blood of the Innocent); Matt Wieringo ('Ringo Scholarship Fund); Rich Woodall (Artist Alley Comics, Johnny Raygun); Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein); Kelly Yates (Dr. Who: A Fairytale Life, Amber Atoms); Thom Zahler (Love and Capes); Chrissie Zullo (Cinderella, Fables).

About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 13th 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 September 8-9, 2012. 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 7 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.