Saturday, August 31, 2013

Biography: Female Force profiles Melinda Gates

From the official press release. . . .


Bluewater’s Productions will be releasing a new comic book about the life of businesswoman and philanthropist, Melinda Gates. Female Force: Melinda Gates is released on September 4; the comic book will be available in print and digital.

Practicing Catholic, Melinda Gates, has dedicated her life to helping women in third world countries gain access to birth control. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have been recognized over and over for its incredible work. Check out this comic book to learn more about this power couple and the work they’ve done to improve conditions for women.

Melissa Seymour writes the 32-page comic book with art by Manuel Diaz, featuring a cover by Albert Pessoa.

“At Bluewater Productions, we believe that it is important for readers to have inspiring role models, to learn about extraordinary individuals that have overcome challenges to make a difference in the world. That was the thought process Darren G. Davis went through before creating the comic book series Female Force.

“Writing comic books on influential, strong, intelligent women—does it get better than that? In most cases, even the most powerful women are still not taken seriously in the media today and that makes me sad. I feel so blessed to write for a publishing company that values strong women like Melinda Gates. It’s so important to shine light on the accomplishments of women because then young girls will think, “Hey, I want to be just like her!” The Female Force imprint provides so many great role models for girls to look up to!” said the writer Melissa Seymour

“They say that "behind every great man there´s a great woman". In this case they should say, "With a great woman is a great man". Melinda Gates has made great actions for the common good. Some actions have been eclipsed by the fame of her husband, but that should be emphasized. This comic pays tribute to this great woman. I have enjoyed drawing the comic and knowing the life and achievements of Melinda Gates”, added artist Manuel Diaz.

“We wanted to showcase the strong women in today’s society that have inspired generations and shaped the culture of today,” Davis said. “Kids and adults alike can look up to these women as great role models. One of the coolest things about the comic books is that we found schools using them for reluctant readers.

Female Force has featured actors, politicians, authors, and musicians—everyone from Angelina Jolie, Hillary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Sonia Sotomayor, Michelle Obama, Gabrielle Giffords, Condoleezza Rice to J.K. Rowling and Cher. These biographical comics, written by some of the most talented writers in the comic world and beyond, deliver an informed and illustrated look into the lives of these figures.

Bluewater has also used their Female Force series as an outlet to broaden awareness on important challenges that face many people. In “Female Force: Carrie Fisher,” the former Star Wars actress bravely shares her lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder. Proceeds from the comic book sales are donated to Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut, a facility specializing in mental disorders. Likewise, Grease star Olivia Newton-John uses her “Female Force” issue as a platform to discuss her fight against breast cancer and raise awareness for the devastating disease.

Female Force has been embraced by the media and featured on several television news outlets including The Today Show and on CNN. The series has also been featured in many publications such as Forbes, MTV.com, Time Magazine, and People Magazine.

This is not the 1st time Bluewater has visited the Gates household. Earlier this year, they did a comic book on her husband Bill Gates the co-founder of Microsoft. The book is still available in print and digital. Bluewater has also developed comic books on other business people such as Steve Jobs, Jack Dorsey, Howard Schultz & Mikhail Prokhorov

Upcoming Female Force subjects include: Laura Ingraham, Gloria Steinem & Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Print copies of Female Force can be ordered at www.comicfleamarket.com and found on Amazon.

You can download these titles on Wowio, ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, iTunes, Kindle, Wowio, Nook, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold.



About Bluewater Productions

Bluewater Productions Inc. is one of the top independent production studios of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels. Its extensive catalog of titles includes the bestsellers “10th Muse” and “The Legend of Isis” ”Bluewater publishes comic books in partnership with entertainment icon William Shatner (“TekWar Chronicles”), legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (“Wrath of the Titans,” “Sinbad: Rogue of Mars,” “Jason and the Argonauts,” et al) and celebrated actor Vincent Price (“Vincent Price Presents”), Additionally, Bluewater publishes a highly successful line of biographical comics under the titles “Female Force” and “Political Power.”

Bluewater aims to unite cutting-edge art and engaging stories produced by its stable of the publishing industry’s top artists and writers.

For more information, visit www.bluewaterprod.com



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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Panel Schedule for Baltimore Comic Con

For help in planning your activities so you don't miss the events that interest you the most, from our friends at the Convention committee.





Baltimore Comic-Con 2013 Panel Schedule!

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 29, 2013 - You demanded it and we are ready to deliver -- the 2013 Baltimore Comic-Con panel schedule! This year is even more chock-full of comic book goodness than in the past, with sessions ranging from creator spotlights to industry tutorials, and featuring expanded Children's programming in the Kid's Love Comics area on the show room floor! There is something for everyone!

Saturday, September 7

Room 301

11:00-12:00 - Tools of The Trade For Comic Writers

Writer of The C-Listers, Jon Jebus discusses some of the technology he uses to write anywhere, collaborate virtually, keep projects organized, and interact with his audience.

12:00-1:00 - Powered by Creators: Bryan J.L. Glass Comes to Dark Horse

Bryan J.L. Glass, known for his Harvey Award-winning series The Mice Templar, unveils his new creator-owned Dark Horse comic! Be the first to learn about this exciting new series!

1:00-2:00 - Twenty Years of Strangers in Paradise

Terry Moore's Strangers In Paradise turns 20 this year and you're invited to join the celebration! Join Terry and CBLDF's Charles Brownstein as they discuss the life and times of Katchoo and Francine and Terry's new series, Rachel Rising. This is a panel no fan will want to miss!

2:00-3:00 - Usagi Yojimbo Celebration

Usagi Yojimbo turns 30 next year, and we're starting the party early! Creator Stan Sakai and editor Diana Schutz talk about bringing the adventures of the rabbit ronin to the page. Plus, Thom Zahler (Love and Capes) discusses designing the Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook celebrating Usagi and David Petersen (Mouse Guard) talks about his contribution to the Yearbook.

3:00-4:00 - We Are BOOM!

You will not want to miss this jam-packed, inspiring hour as BOOM! Founder & CEO Ross Richie and Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon along with special guest creators reintroduce BOOM! Studios to the world of comics. This won't be your average publisher panel droning on and on through a series of press releases and stale cover images. Find out what makes BOOM! Studios different than every other comic publisher in the market and why 2013 has been a transformative year for us. We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us.

4:00-5:00 - The World of Archie

Want to know what's up with Archie and the gang? Interested in exciting heroes like The Fox? Can't get enough of Sonic? Then this is the panel for you!

5:00-6:00 - CBLDF: Banned Comics!

Every year comics are banned in libraries all over the United States; learn how you can fight back! In recent years, comics that have been targeted for bans include all-ages classics like Bone by Jeff Smith and Dragonball by Akira Toriyama, as well as acclaimed books for adult readers like Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, Neil Gaiman's Sandman, Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and others. Learn more about what comics have been banned and challenged, why comics are banned, and how you can help by being a part of CBLDF's efforts for Banned Books Week!

Room 302-303

11:00-12:00 - The British Invasion

In the 1980s, a number of British writers and artists started producing work for American comics and brought a new attitude to the stories. That spirit is kept alive today by creators such as Mike Carey (The Unwritten), Paul Jenkins (Deathmatch), and Roger Langridge (Popeye). Join them, and moderator Robert Greenberger, for a lively look at the current state of the British Invasion.

12:00-1:00 - A Marvel-ous Panel

Some of Marvel's top creators - including Mark Waid, Mark Bagley, and Ed McGuinness - talk about their work for The House of Ideas with moderator Robert Greenberger. Marvel fans- you know you gotta be here!

1:00-2:00 - Spotlight On George Perez

Artist and writer George Perez has a career that spans four decades and has the rare distinction of being one of the top creators in the comic book business consistently for the mass majority of his career. His credits are too numerous to list and his contributions to the mythology of Marvel and DC comics are profound and enduring. After over a decade working exclusively with DC Comics, Perez is embarking on a new chapter in his career at BOOM! Studios. Join BOOM! Founder and CEO Ross Richie in a reflection of Mr. Perez's first four decades of work and a discussion of what the future holds for this comic book luminary. Plus be the first to find out what Mr. Perez's new project at BOOM! will be!

2:00-3:00 - Valiant Comics: The Road to Unity

Join an all-star panel of Valiant insiders for a must-see round of news and announcements about the most talked-about publisher in comics! Featuring creators J.G. Jones (Eternal Warrior), Barry Kitson (Harbinger, Bloodshot), Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar), and Jim Zub (Shadowman), alongside Publisher Fred Pierce and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani, find out everything you need to know about the massive repercussions of UNITY and what's next for Valiant's greatest heroes - only at Baltimore Comic-Con!

3:00-5:00 - The Official East Coast Fables Panel

The Official East Coast Fables Panel will feature Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Adam Hughes, Barry Kitson, Chrissie Zullo, and more of the extended Fables family for a whole TWO HOURS. Join them as they discuss the past, present and future of the series, do giveaways and more for the first hour and then go behind-the-scenes and delve inside the construction of a new Fables story in the second hour.

5:00-6:00 - IDW Presents: Joe Hill

As the Locke family's long ordeal comes to a close with Locke & Key: Alpha, join IDW's VP of Marketing, Dirk Wood, as he moderates a discussion with award-winning author, Joe Hill. Come find out Joe's thoughts on the end of his run on Locke & Key, and his plans for the future! Featuring Q&A, hi-jinx, and tales told in the inimitable Joe Hill style!

Room 305

12:00-1:00 - CBLDF's Comics on Trial, Part 1-A National Disgrace: Moral Panic and the Birth of the Comics Code

CBLDF proudly debuts Comics on Trial-a new lecture series covering the history of comics censorship and the court cases that changed the medium. In part 1, witness how comics were under attack from the very beginning! Attacks in the popular media gave way to comics burnings in the 1940s. This sparked a wildfire of moral panic culminating with the U.S. government investigating comics before a national audience in 1954 where the face-off between Frederic Wertham and William Gaines changed the medium forever. CBLDF executive director Alex Cox tells the sordid tale.

1:00-2:00 - "Use Your Words (& Pictures)": Cooperative Comics Lessons to Transform

Professional Development for Early Childhood Education provides a foundational balance of individual and group achievement. Share and learn ways creating comics together can deliver content and life lessons to your students. An elementary mini-lesson addressing anti-bullying strategies and integrating comics characters will be demonstrated, followed by a hands-on activity, then Q&A for reflection and refinement. Presentation and materials available via email.

2:00-3:00 - Self Publishing: You Can Do It

Alpha Girl Comics' Amy Chu and other successful self publishers talk candidly about how they got their first comics off the ground. Be prepared to take notes - we'll talk nuts to bolts about collaboration, print vs. digital, marketing, and importantly, the money stuff.

3:00-4:00 - CBLDF's Comics on Trial, Part 2: Counter Attacks: How Prosecution of Retailers Changed the History of Comics

In 1970, two Manhattan bookstore clerks were arrested and convicted of selling obscene material for Zap #4, featuring work by R. Crumb, Spain, and other underground greats. Later in that decade, convention promoter and high school English teacher Phil Seuling was busted for selling a book in the same series, hastening a chain of events that would create the comics specialty market, where the CBLDF has been defending retailers since 1986. Learn the true story of how retailers have been prosecuted for selling comics and how their struggle changed the face of the medium from CBLDF executive director Alex Cox in the second part of CBLDF's Comics on Trial. Some of the visual material in this presentation may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Room 307-310

11:00-12:00 - DC New 52 Panel
Introduced by: DCE Co-Publisher Dan DiDio
Hosted by: DC Comics Editor In Chief Bob Harras
DCE Panelist(s): Cliff Chiang, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, David Finch, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Robert Venditti

See what DC Entertainment has in store for DC Comics - The New 52 in this panel hosted by DC Comics Editor In Chief Bob Harras and featuring top creators including Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn, All-Star Western), Amanda Connor (Harley Quinn), David Finch (Justice League of America, Forever Evil), Ivan Reis (Justice League), Joe Prado (Justice League), and Robert Venditti (Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps). This panel gives you a chance to step up and ask questions about your favorite comic books!

1:00-4:00 - Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Event

Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes have come to Baltimore! Best known for their roles as Jay and Silent Bob in the View Askewniverse films, Smith and Mewes are fan-favorites among comic and movie enthusiasts alike. This special three-hour event includes: A screening of the all-new animated film: Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, and a live podcast Q&A with Kevin and Jason. This private event is available as a separate event ticket which is on sale at the ticket booth (separate from convention admission) and seating is limited. As part of the Baltimore Comic-Con, admission to the show is also required.

Art Auction (Booth #2505)

5:00 - Auction of 2013 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook art

The art created for the 2013 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook celebrating 30 years of Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo will be auctioned at this special event! Don't miss this opportunity to own original art featuring Stan's characters as depicted by artists including Frank Cho, Brandon Peterson, David Petersen, Michael Golden, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Chrissie Zullo, Mark Texeira, Steve Conley, Thom Zahler, Craig Rousseau, Frank Cho, and many others!

Sunday, September 9

Room 301

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. The resulting book was nominated for four Harvey Awards. How did it do? Come to the panel and Chris Sparks and Mike Rhode will let you know! The fundraising continues as Joe Sutliff talks about the Drink and Draw event from this past Friday and Carolyn Belefski talks about the upcoming Moving Day Parkinson's walk. Any other contributors are welcome to join in on stage. Plus, there will be fun things for sale!

12:00-1:00 - Spotlight on Ramona Fradon

Ramona Fradon is one of the few major female freelancers of her generation. The legendary artist co-created Metamorpho, and is well known for her art on Aquaman, Plastic Man, Super Friends, and Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy. Join Ramona and moderator Robert Greenberger as they look at her amazing career in comics.

1:00-2:00 - Color In Comics

A conversation between award winning colorists José Villarrubia (Batman Year 100, King Conan, Sweet Tooth) and Laura Martin (Thor, The Stand, X-Men). They will discuss all aspects of modern comic book coloring: history, industry, aesthetics and techniques. Samples of work will be shown. If you want to learn about color from two of the best professionals in the industry, this is your chance.

2:00-3:00 - Spotlight on Frank Stack

Frank Stack, sometimes working as Foolbert Sturgeon, is one of the legends of Underground Comix. His book, The New Adventures of Jesus (1962), is considered by some to be the first underground comic. He's also the creator of Dorman's Doggie and has contributed to Rip Off Comics, Snarf, and illustrated Our Cancer Year by Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Frank, along with moderator Denis Kitchen, talk about his life and work.

Room 302-303

11:00-12:00 - Toy Design: From Paper to Plastic

Toy sculptor Paul Harding and comic artists Cliff Chiang & Mark Buckingham discuss statue and action figure design from the concept stage to the finished sculpture. How do they approach control art? What do they enjoy most about the process? Do they use traditional or digital media? Stay for a special look at how Paul translates concept art to three dimensional sculptures.
Other guests: TBA

12:00-1:00 - Spotlight on Mike Mignola

The famed creator of Hellboy, the B.P.R.D., Lobster Johnson, and more, is also known for his work on the Hulk, Batman, and even Rocket Raccoon! Here's your chance to spend an hour with Mike and learn more about his work in comics.

1:00-2:00 - Spotlight On Mike Carey

Eisner Award-winning writer Mike Carey's work spans comics, novels, film, and television. Carey made his initial impact in the US comic market with the longest running and most successful SANDMAN-related spinoff series from Vertigo - LUCIFER. Since then he's solidified himself as a nuanced, character-driven creator on other critically-acclaimed Vertigo series such as CROSSING MIDNIGHT and THE UNWRITTEN; while becoming a mainstream fan favorite on series like X-MEN and ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR. This year, Carey launched his first ongoing, original series with from an independent publisher SUICIDE RISK from BOOM! Studios. Join BOOM! Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon as he moderates a lively discussion with Carey about his career, his process, and his inspirations.

2:00-3:00 - IDW: The Big Panel

Join IDW's VP of Marketing, Dirk Wood, with industry legend Walter Simonson, and a host of special surprise guests! Find out what IDW has planned for the rest of 2013 and beyond! Madcap laughs, Q&A, announcements, prizes, and a guest appearance from a creator you won't believe!

3:00-4:00 - CBLDF Presents: Spotlight On Brian Wood

Since 1997, Brian Wood has been one of the most popular creators in comics, writing, illustrating, or designing comics for almost every major publisher. He has worked on modern classics as diverse as DMZ, STAR WARS, and NORTHLANDERS, and in almost every genre, including hard sci-fi, historical fiction, horror, and young-adult. This panel takes a look at his work, starting with CHANNEL ZERO, and up through to current hits such as THE MASSIVE, MARA, and X-MEN. Moderated by CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox.

Room 305

11:00-12:00 - Mission in a Bottle: From Honest Tea to a Graphic Novel

Join Honest Tea co-founder Seth Goldman as he discusses Mission in a Bottle, the new graphic novel he co wrote with Barry Nalebuff, illustrated by Sungyoon Choi. Mission in a Bottle is the graphic novel telling the story of the founding of Honest Tea-in addition to being a funny story about two guys learning how to make tea, it's also a business book with insights into making a successful start-up. Goldman will discuss the making of a business book in graphic novel format, using comics to present complex information, how to run a mission driven business in a profit driven world, and keys to successful entrepreneurship. Moderated by The Beat's Heidi MacDonald.

1:00-2:00 - Genderizing Comic Books - Christina L. Blanch and Jeff Barbanell (CAPE)

Using comic books to teach about gender may seem unorthodox to some, especially in higher education. However, its usage can make the material less daunting to the students. Students also seem to open up more to discussion when using comic books. In this presentation we will view a selection of the Superman Family of Comics to show how gender is represented and how that can be used to discuss gender roles. With this presentation, seeing comics through the lens of gender, ideas can be garnered to show education how to use comics books to engage students in a subject that most dislike analyzing.

Room 307-310

1:00-4:00 - Costume Contest sponsored by Stylin' Online!

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. Contest registration at booth #2505.

Kids Love Comics Pavilion (2405)

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

Kids Love Comics Spotlight Stage Saturday

11am - Drawing Funny Animals with Mark McKenna
The jungles in Mark McKenna's book Banana-Tail are teeming with monkeys, rhinos, zebras, snakes, hippos, and more. Join Mark as he discusses the creation of Banana-Tail and shows you how he draws all of those funny animals.

12pm - Simple Shapes Make Super Characters with Dave McDonald
Every character in comics and cartoons starts out as a simple shape. Dave McDonald, Award-Winning Cartoonist of Hamster Sam, teaches you the secrets of creating cool characters from simple shapes and telling fun stories.

1pm - Doodle! Scribble! Draw! hosted by Mark Mariano
Join in a frenetic game where you and professional comic artists pit scribbles against one another in a series of improvisational drawing quests. Do you have the courage to doodle silly things for a crowd? Will the crowd have the imagination necessary to help the teams complete the quests and win the Doodle Scribble Draw championship belts? Art Baltazar (Superman Family Adventures) and Jamie Cosley (Cody the Cavalier) vs. Franco (Superman Family Adventures) and Chris Giarrusso (G-Man)!

2pm - Kids Who Make Comics hosted by John Gallagher with Katie Gallagher and Tyler Cosley
Some kids like to read. Some kids like to draw. Tyler Cosley and Katie Gallagher are two kids that make their own comics! Katie co-wrote Zoey & Ketchup and Tyler is the author/artist of Ninja Squirrel. In this interview you'll learn what it takes to be a comic creator.

3pm - Drawing Dynamic Characters with Chris Schweizer
Chris Schweizer's Crogan's Adventures is an exciting historical fiction graphic novel series. It's overflowing with action, suspense, comedy, and dynamic characters. In this workshop, Chris will demonstrate how he draws his characters to be full of personality and emotion. It's a must see for any aspiring artist.

4pm - Making Comics with Dave Roman
So, you want to draw your own comic? First, you should learn the basics of storytelling. In this fun workshop, the audience will work with New York Times Best-Selling author and creator of Astronaut Academy, Dave Roman, to create a crazy four panel comic.

5pm - Drawing Wrestlers with Jesus Marquez
It's an inside look at the craft of caricaturing as pro wrestling enthusiast, Jesus Marquez, takes the rough and tough wrestlers from the squared-circle to the drawing pad. Come on by and request your favorite superstar!

6pm - Groove Is In The Art
The forecast is calling for a Jam Drawing with chances of Dance Outbursts in this exciting art experiment. Music can make us happy, make us cry, invoke childhood memories, but what kind of drawings will it inspire? YOU can draw alongside a bunch of guest artists with DJ Chris O>Matic spinning the tunes.


Imagination Station: Comics, Arts, and Crafts Saturday

11:00am - 12:45pm - Wall of Heroes
Draw your own Superhero and add it to our Wall of Heroes!

1:00pm - 2:45pm - Create a Cape
You won't be able to fly and it won't give you super powers, but you can still have fun making your own cape!

3:00pm - 4:45pm - Make a Mask The best way to protect your secret identity is to make and wear your own superhero mask!

5:00pm - 6:45pm - Paperbag Puppet Pals
Make a monster! Make a sidekick! Make a strange animal! With a paperbag, crayons, construction paper, glue sticks, and your imagination, your Puppet Pal can be whatever you want!

SUNDAY

Kids Love Comics Spotlight Stage Sunday

11am - Making Comic Strips with Dawn Griffin
Do you have a funny idea for a comic strip? Dawn Griffin is the creator of the popular webcomic, Zorphbert & Fred. She'll share her insight on creating comic strips and the audience will work with Dawn to create a comic strip.
12pm - Drawing Aliens, Robots, and Nature with Steve Conley
The beautiful world of Steve Conley's new book, BLOOP, is full of trees, flowers, lush landscapes, and a splash of aliens and robots. Join Steve as he teaches you how to draw the nature that surrounds us and all the awesome aspects of BLOOP!

1pm - Drawing Heroic Females and Felines with Mike Maihack
Mike Maihack is the amazing author/artist of the upcoming graphic novel, Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice, from Scholastic/Graphix. In this workshop, Mike will share his technique for drawing super heroines like Supergirl and Batgirl. He'll also be drawing cats, and who doesn't love cats?!

2pm - Doodle! Scribble! Draw! hosted by Mark Mariano
Join in a frenetic game where you and professional comic artists pit your scribbles against one another in a series of improvisational drawing quests. Do you have the courage to doodle silly things for a crowd? And will the crowd have the imagination necessary to help the teams complete the quests and win the Doodle Scribble Draw championship belts? Jason Horn (Ninjasaur) & John Gallagher (Buzzboy) vs. Frank Cammuso (Otto's Orange Day) & Dan Parent (Archie Comics)!

3pm - The Imagination Aquarium with Jamar Nicholas
Ever find yourself stuck for cartoon ideas? Put on your wetsuit and dive into the IMAGINATION AQUARIUM, where cartoonist Jamar Nicholas will help you catch ideas in your net and create awesome cartoons!

4pm - Groove Is In The Art
The forecast is calling for a Jam Drawing with chances of Dance Outbursts in this exciting art experiment. Music can make us happy, make us cry, invoke childhood memories, but what kind of drawings will it inspire? YOU can draw alongside a bunch of guest artists with DJ Chris O>Matic spinning the tunes.

Imagination Station: Comics, Arts, and Crafts Sunday

11:00am - 12:15pm - Wall of Heroes
Draw your own Superhero and add it to our Wall of Heroes!

12:30pm - 1:45pm - Create a Cape
You won't be able to fly and it won't give you super powers, but you can still have fun making your own cape!

2:00pm - 3:15pm - Make a Mask
The best way to protect your secret identity is to make and wear your own superhero mask!

3:30pm - 4:45pm - Paperbag Puppet Pals
Make a monster! Make a sidekick! Make a strange animal! With a paperbag, crayons, construction paper, glue sticks, and your imagination, your Puppet Pal can be whatever you want!



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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

SUVUDU Universe: A New website for reviews of all popular culture things we love!

This site is funded by DelRey Books, but don't let the big publisher creds put you off. They feature fan reviews of comics, movies, television, fiction, magazines, etc. and specialize in science-fiction and fantasy. I'm happy to be a contributor. http://universe.suvudu.com/post/buried-treasured-august-10-2013-more-books-worth-digging-up Please give it a look.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Brian Wood Joins The Baltimore Guest List

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

Baltimore Comic-Con Adds Brian Wood Courtesy of CBLDF

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 27, 2013 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce the addition of writer Brian Wood, courtesy of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF). Wood joins a growing list of creators that will be in attendance at this year's show, taking place September 7-8, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Brian Wood's first professional work in comics was a 5-issue miniseries, titled Channel Zero, published by Image Comics in 1997. It was created as part of his final project for graduation from Parsons School of Design. In 2000, he was offered a co-writing job by Warren Ellis to join him on Marvel Comics' Generation X.




After a 12-issue run on the title, he returned to the world of creator-owned comics where, between 2001 and 2005, he would create such titles as Couscous Express, The Couriers, Jennie One (AiT/Planet Lar), Pounded (Oni Press), and Fight for Tomorrow (Vertigo), as well as the critically-acclaimed 12-issue series, Demo.

After the success of Demo, Wood continued to create independent comics for Oni Press, Image Comics and IDW Publishing before signing a 2-year exclusive contract with DC Comics. During his tenure with DC, he wrote DMZ, another critically-acclaimed series from Vertigo for which he has become best-known. In addition, he launched Northlanders, a historical-fiction series set during the Viking Age; The New York Four, a young adult graphic novel; and a new Demo mini-series.

In 2012, Wood began writing Marvel's Ultimate Comics: X-Men beginning with issue #10, as well as Conan the Barbarian from Dark Horse Comics. In addition to those titles, he is currently writing the ongoing series, The Massive and Star Wars for Dark Horse.

Wood will be appearing and signing at the CBLDF booth (#1601) from 12:00 - 3:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as being featured in a creator spotlight panel on Sunday in panel rooms 302-303:

3:00-4:00 - CBLDF Presents: Spotlight On Brian Wood

Since 1997, Brian Wood has been one of the most popular creators in comics, writing, illustrating, or designing comics for almost every major publisher. He has worked on modern classics as diverse as DMZ, STAR WARS, and NORTHLANDERS, and in almost every genre, including hard sci-fi, historical fiction, horror, and young-adult. This panel takes a look at his work, starting with CHANNEL ZERO, and up through to current hits such as THE MASSIVE, MARA, and X-MEN. Moderated by CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox.

"We're thrilled to be adding Brian [Wood] to our guest list this close to the show," said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "Thanks to the folks at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, fans of Brian's prolific work will have the chance to meet him and get their favorite book signed. In addition, they will have a great chance to check out a very worthy cause while he's signing at the CBLDF booth!"

Wood joins our previously announced guests, including: Josh Adams (Doctor Who); Neal Adams (First X-Men); Mark Bagley (Fantastic Four); Art Baltazar (Aw Yeah Comics!, Tiny Titans); Brian Bolland (Dial H); Harold Buchholz (Archie Comics); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Sal Buscema (Amazing Spider-Man); Frank Cammuso (Knights of the Lunch Table, Otto's Orange Day); Jimmy Cheung (Avengers vs. X-Men); Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine); Steve Conley (Bloop); Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre); Jamie and Tyler Cosley (Cody the Cavalier, Ninja Squirrel); J.M. DeMatteis (Phantom Stranger); David Finch (Justice League of America); Franco (Aw Yeah Comics!, Tiny Titans); John Gallagher (Buzzboy, Roboy Red); Zack Giallongo (Broxo); Chris Giarrusso (G-Man); Keith Giffen (Masters of the Universe); Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!, The Dumbest Idea Ever!); Joe Hill (Locke and Key); Jason Horn (Ninjasaur); Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan); Denis Kitchen (The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen); Barry Kitson (Empire); Roger Langridge (Popeye); Jim Lee (Superman Unchained); Paul Levitz (World's Finest); Kevin Maguire (World's Finest); Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space); Mark Mariano (Happyloo); Billy Martin (Vitriol, the Hunter); Dave McDonald (Hamster Sam); Mark McKenna (Star Wars, Banana Tail); Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie); Mike Mignola (Hellboy In Hell); Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground); Chris O>Matic (The Chris O>Matic Show!); Jimmy Palmiotti (Batwing); Dan Parent (Archie, Veronica, Kevin Keller); George Perez (World's Finest); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Joe Prado (Earth 2); Ivan Reis (Aquaman); Dave Roman - Saturday only (Astronaut Academy, Teen Boat); Chris Samnee (Daredevil); Jeff Schultz (Archie, Jughead); Louise Simonson (X-Factor); Walt Simonson (The Mighty Thor); Kevin Smith (Batman: The Widening Gyre); Allison Sohn (sketch card artist); Frank Stack (My Cancer Year); Bobby Timony (Night Owls, Detectobot); Mark Waid (Indestructible Hulk), Bill Willingham (Fables); and Thom Zahler (My Little Pony).

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 14th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. 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 25 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.

About the CBLDF
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium. Founded in 1986, the CBLDF has managed and paid for the legal defense of individuals whose First Amendment rights are threatened for making, selling, or even reading comic books. For more information about the CBLDF, please visit their website at cbldf.org.



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Valiant! Unity! Baltimore! September 7!

From the official press release . . . . . . . .

VALIANT Brings UNITY to BALTIMORE COMIC-CON with ROBERT VENDITTI, BARRY KITSON and More!

This September, Valiant is headed to Baltimore Comic-Con for a weekend packed with special guests, exclusive programming, and convention-only giveaways!

On Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th, join the publisher behind 2013's most anticipated comics event, UNITY, at Booth #1505/1506 for signings and appearances by some of Valiant's greatest talents, including New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar, Green Lantern) and legendary artist Barry Kitson (Harbinger, Bloodshot)!

Be sure to stop by and pick up your copy of the UNITY #1 Preview Edition – an all-new convention-only comic book featuring the very first look inside UNITY #1 by Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite! The first issue of all-new ongoing series debuting this November, UNITY #1 is the perfect place to find out why Valiant is the most-talked about publisher in comics!

And, as always, Valiant will also have a one-stop selection of comics, trade paperbacks, hardcovers, and official Cinder Block merchandise – including t-shirts, limited edition prints, mugs and more – available for readers new and old!

Plus, no fan will want to miss Valiant Comics: The Road to Unity – Valiant's Baltimore-exclusive panel presentation on Saturday, September 7th at 2 pm! Join an all-star panel of Valiant insiders for a must-see round of news and announcements about the most talked-about publisher in comics! Featuring creators J.G. Jones (Eternal Warrior), Barry Kitson (Harbinger, Bloodshot), Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar), and Jim Zub (Shadowman), alongside Publisher Fred Pierce and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani, find out everything you need to know about the massive repercussions of UNITY and what's next for Valiant's greatest heroes – only at Baltimore Comic-Con!

For more information, visit BaltimoreComicCon.com and ValiantUniverse.com.

We'll see you in Baltimore!




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Saturday, August 10, 2013

ONE AND DONE: Something the Big Two Publishers Cannot Do



INDIE COMICS MAGAZINE #7 (Aazurn Publishing, Summer 2013) $6.49 black and white illustrations, 64 pages. Available only through Previews #299 August pre-orders for October 2013 release dates




INDIE COMICS MAGAZINE and its’ sister publication INDIE COMICS HORROR have become the best sources for readers interested in independent creator-driven works to get acquainted with some of the artists and writers who are essentially self-publishing and marketing their own creations. With so many choices available for the curious art seekers, INDIE COMICS MAGAZINE is a nice showcase of some of the cream-of-the-crop creators. Every story is prefaced by a short biography of the writer and/or artist and includes web addresses where interested readers can see and purchase more of their works. Unlike some of the other anthology comics available today, INDIE COMICS MAGAZINE publishes no continuing stories or series - - just well-told tales complete in 8-10 pages or less. That makes it easy for new readers, who can pick up any issue at random and get a good taste of what’s available should they choose to invest further.

As publisher and editor Gary Scott Beatty explains it from a reader’s standpoint: “My most frustrating problem is finding well written stories that are not part of some multi-issue series. I’m not looking to devote a large chunk of my life to a meandering epic. I just want to read a solid story in a few pages. . . . . .”

“Someone in marketing at the big comics publishers convinced everyone else never-ending stories are good for sales - - at least until readers figure out the epic is less than epic and try something else. . . .”

“With so many reading choices today, I refuse to jump on that promotional roller coaster. If there was only a place I could look into talent before committing to full books! . . . Well, there is. You’re holding it in your hands and we would all appreciate it if you told your buddies about it.”

Print runs are limited to 1,000 copies, which makes it essential for anyone interested in this title to pre-order through the PREVIEWS catalog. Issue #7 can be ordered through the current August catalog (for books to be released October 2013). As much as we’d like to say that you can pick this up from your favorite comics store, it’s highly unlikely to see INDIE COMICS MAGAZINE on their shelves. Most stores are going to carry only what their customers pre-order, and then hold the copies for them.

What those who decide to give this title a chance will see in Issue #7 are eight original illustrated tales of action, adventure, horror, folklore, mystery, time travel, space and graphic expressionism. We’ve been reading INDIE COMICS MAGAZINE on an infrequent basis and are beginning to recognize some of the regular contributors, foremost amongst them Terry Cronin of Students Of The Unusual. Terry prefers the short-short form and usually includes two stories whenever he is contributing. The first story is normally a re-telling in comics form of old folklore from Florida (and other countries) and his second short will be an original (and often disturbing) tale. With artist Jorge Calamato assisting, ‘Nikook And the Tupilak” recounts a Greenland fable of an Inuit shaman’s demonic creation fueled by jealousy and envy. “Connect The Dots’, the second Cronin feature, is a disturbing account of excessive body markings illustrated by Sergio Cariello in a style that will make fans of Neal Adams drool with delight.



The favorites for art this issue are ‘Masher’ with story and art by Tom Kelly and an unfinished piece (I’m reviewing an advance preview copy that is not complete) by another returning contributor by way of Scotland and Australia in artist/writer Paul Bradford. Kelly’s story features an ultimate cage match against a massive, almost inhuman foe. There is great use of silhouettes and shading in single solid colors of either jet black or brilliant white. It’s gorgeous to look at and will remind readers of Frank Miller’s breakthrough stylings on SIN CITY. Bradford’s piece centers around a medieval ninja remarkable for its directional battle scenes with weapons and blows flying across several panels.

The favorite piece for story this issue is ‘Slices’ by caricaturist Chris Bergs and his amusing tale of time travel involving the gangster John Dillinger. Rounding out Issue #7 are:

‘The Case Of The Lost Offspring’ by writer Marta Tanrikulu and artist Jorge Donis - - a clever short mystery/crime story involving impersonation and lost heirs.

‘I Got Fired On My Fortieth Birthday’ by Kim Mey-Hoehng is a slice-of-life dialogue between two hyperactive friends that flits between movies, English, philosophy and war in a font-crazy style that will challenge readers.

Editor and also artist/writer Gary Scott Beatty returns to his exploration of adapting 1950’s jazz art to comics with another musically inspired art deco story about - - music, of course with ‘The Bridge.’

Issue #7 wraps up with ‘He’ by Derek Adnams, Brandon Bullock and Justin Wood of Devastating Roulette Studios. It’s a prehistoric tale of alien visitors, dinosaurs, and writing on cave walls. Both the main character and the art style will remind readers of the indie comics character ZEN from a few decades past.






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Buried Treasured August 10, 2013: More books worth digging up

SECRET WARRIORS VOL. 1 TPB: NICK FURY, AGENT OF NOTHING (Marvel 2008-2009) Story: Brian Michael Bendis and Jonathan Hickman. Artist: Stefano Caselli

This was published during the years in which Marvel was cranking out some dynamic books, and could seemingly do no wrong (with a few exceptions). If you need a reminder of the heights of greatness that the House Of Ideas is capable of then pick up this trade paperback. (Just don’t look for much current evidence - - hopefully it’s just a down period and will bounce back). SECRET WARRIORS VOLUME 1 stands as a textbook example of good, solid storytelling. The pacing is perfect. Each chapter brings new revelations and new layers of complexity. But the tale is told is such a style that the reader never gets confused or bogged down in details. You can follow the story in this book without any trouble. The artwork is super-steady and helps maintain the flow.



Events here occur just after the end of SECRET INVASION, as S.H.I.EL.D. is disbanded and H.A.M.M.E.R. takes over the job of national security. Nick Fury loses his job; and Norm Osborn gets way too much power and influence. Fury goes underground after discovering that he’s been a tool for the last several decades. He’s been played and he’s not happy. He assembles a young team to assist him in stealthily disrupting the machinations of a corrupt security force that he once commanded. Hydra shows up, with Baron Strucker revived and in charge. Before things are over, the Howling Commandos get involved as well as many displaced and disgruntled former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. There are some impassioned speeches and conversations throughout the book to inspire, admire, and make us feel patriotic and proud of our country. If you love the great characterization and detail that Brubaker poured into his run on CAPTAIN AMERICA, then you will really appreciate what Bendis and Hickman have done here.




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Friday, August 9, 2013

Sal Buscema to get award at Baltimore Comic-Con



BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 9, 2013 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased to announce that legendary Marvel Comics artist, Sal Buscema, will be joining the guest list for the 14th annual show, taking place September 7-8, 2013. Buscema will be appearing at the show on Saturday only and will be receiving the HERO Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented at the Harvey Awards Banquet Saturday evening.



Sal Buscema got his start at Marvel Comics in 1968, joining his brother John who was already an established artist with the company. Cutting his teeth on such titles as Western Gunfighters, The Rawhide Kid, and The Silver Surfer, he got his big break in 1969 when he took over art duties for Marvel's premiere superhero team, The Avengers.

During the course of his career, Buscema has drawn nearly every character in the Marvel Universe, including career-defining runs on Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, Captain America, Incredible Hulk, Marvel Team-Up, and Thor. He even worked briefly for DC Comics from 1997-1999, drawing such characters as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

His 45-year career is being honored with the presentation of the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award at the Harvey Awards Banquet. The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally-chartered non-profit organization dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need, and 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. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors those creators who have made lasting contributions with the world of sequential art throughout their careers.

"We are honored to be able to host Sal [Buscema] here in Baltimore," said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "His career spans more than four decades, and he's has been an influence to generations of comic artists. He is well-deserving of the Lifetime Achievement Award and we couldn't be happier to have it presented at the Harveys!"

For more information on the Hero Initiative, please visit www.heroinitiative.org.



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'Kids Love Comics' at the Baltimore Comic-Con 2013 !!

. . . . . From the official press release . . . . . .

Baltimore Comic-Con Offers Interactive Kids' Comics Hotspot with cartoonists, comic creation, capes, and light saber training!

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 9, 2013 - Kids 10 and under get in free at the Baltimore Comic-Con September 7-8, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center -- and show organizers are once again presenting a kid-friendly comics area, full of all-ages comics, as well as the artists and writers who make them. Creators from such companies as Archie, Scholastic, Disney, Simon & Schuster, Marvel, and DC will be on hand to sketch, say hi, and help to teach young ones about the magic of comics through mini-How-To's through the weekend, right at the Kids Comics Pavilion! Plus, kids can take part in comic crafts, a Jedi Knight light saber training session, and more!

Activities in this super cool section of the show include:

* Interactive Comics Talks from some of Kids' Comics top creators, such as Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), Art Baltazar & Franco (Tiny Titans), John Gallagher (Buzzboy), and Dan Parent (Archie)
* Design your own super hero cape and mask
* Doodle Scribble Draw! Kids Drawing Gameshow!
* Kids Comics Reading and Drawing Booth
* Creator sketches and autographs
* Kid-Safe Star Wars Light Saber Training
* Puppet making with Chris O>Matic! (http://www.omatics.net)

"The Baltimore Comic-Con has always been a welcoming, family-friendly show," said Mark Mariano, creator of the Happyloo graphic novel series, and co-organizer (with John Gallagher) of the kids section. "It's so cool that I bring my own family here every year," added Gallagher.


Here's a rundown of the Kids Love Comics Pavilion Creators:

Art Baltazar (Aw Yeah Comics!, Tiny Titans, Superman Family Adventures)
http://artbaltazar.com/

Harold Buchholz (Archie Comics)
http://www.archiecomics.com/

Frank Cammuso (Knights of the Lunch Table, Otto's Orange Day)
http://www.cammuso.com/

Steve Conley (Bloop)
http://bloopstree.com/

Jamie Cosley (with Tyler Cosley) (Cody the Cavalier, Ninja Squirrel)
http://codythecavalier.com/

Franco (Aw Yeah Comics!, Tiny Titans, Superman Family Adventures)
http://www.blindwolfstudios.com/

John Gallagher (Buzzboy, Roboy Red)
http://www.buzzboycomics.com/

SL Gallant (GI JOE)
http://www.slgallant.com/

Zack Giallongo (Broxo)
http://zackgiallongo.com/

Chris Giarrusso (G-Man)
http://www.chrisgcomics.com/

Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!, The Dumbest Idea Ever!)
http://www.ameliarules.com/

Jason Horn (Ninjasaur)
http://www.tencentticker.com/ninjasaur/

Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space)
http://cowshell.com/

Mark Mariano (Happyloo)
http://www.mypalmark.com/

Dave McDonald (Hamster Sam)
http://www.davemcdonald.com/

Mark McKenna (Star Wars, Banana Tail)
http://www.bananatail.com/

Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground)
http://www.jamarnicholas.com/

Chris O>Matic (The Chris O>Matic Show!)
http://www.omatics.net/

Dan Parent (Archie, Veronica, Kevin Keller)
http://www.danparent.com/

Dave Roman (Astronaut Elementary, Teen Boat) - Saturday only
http://yaytime.com/

Jeff Schultz (Archie, Jughead)
http://www.archie.com/

Bobby Timony (Night Owls, Detectobot)
http://www.twincomics.com/

Kids Love Comics joins our previously announced guests, including: Josh Adams (Doctor Who); Neal Adams (First X-Men); Brian Bolland (Dial H); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Jimmy Cheung (Avengers vs. X-Men); Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine); Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre); J.M. DeMatteis (Phantom Stranger); David Finch (Justice League of America); Keith Giffen (Masters of the Universe); Joe Hill (Locke and Key); Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan); Barry Kitson (Empire); Roger Langridge (Popeye); Paul Levitz (World's Finest); Kevin Maguire (World's Finest); Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie); Mike Mignola (Hellboy In Hell); Jimmy Palmiotti (Batwing); George Perez (World's Finest); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Joe Prado (Earth 2); Ivan Reis (Aquaman); Chris Samnee (Daredevil); Louise Simonson (X-Factor); Walt Simonson (The Mighty Thor); Kevin Smith (Batman: The Widening Gyre); Allison Sohn (sketch card artist); Mark Waid (Indestructible Hulk), and Bill Willingham (Fables.

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 14th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. 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 25 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



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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Joe Hill to appear at Baltimore Comic Con

. . . . . From the official press release . . . . .

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 6, 2013 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is excited to announce the addition of comic writer and novelist, Joe Hill, courtesy of IDW Publishing, to the growing list of creators for this year's show. In addition, IDW will also be exhibiting at the show and hosting a panel as well!



Joe Hill published his first book, a collection of short stories entitled 20th Century Ghosts, in 2005 and followed that up in 2007 with Heart-Shaped Box, his first full-length novel. But Hill is best known among comic fans for his work on IDW's groundbreaking horror series, Locke & Key, which launched in 2008. The book, which is a series of mini-series, is coming to an end with October's Alpha #2, and has been optioned for film by Universal Studios.

In addition to Locke & Key, Hill is also the author of the Kodiak, The Cape, The Cape: 1969, Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland, and Thumbprint from IDW. He received an Eisner Award in 2011 for Best Writer (Locke & Key) and is nominated for a Harvey Award this year for Best Writer (also Locke & Key).

IDW Publishing was founded in 1999 and has since grown to become one of the top comic book publishers in the United States. Their catalog of books include such licensed properties as G.I. Joe, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Doctor Who, Judge Dredd, The Crow, My Little Pony, Star Trek, and The X-Files, as well as original comic series such as 30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, Kill Shakespeare, Fever Ridge: The Tale of McArthur's Jungle War, and Jinrise.

"We couldn't be happier to have Joe and IDW attending the show and the Harvey Awards this year," said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "Joe's contribution to the horror genre in comics and in literature has left a lasting effect on both mediums, and IDW has continued to publish some of the best work in comics month-in and month-out for nearly 15 years! This is going to be such a treat for all the fans attending this year's show!"


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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Of bats, cats, fish, sats, and saps - - - recent readings

 

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BATMAN ’66 #1 (DC) Jeff Parker, writer. Jonathan Case, artist.

For anyone with a nostalgic sense of loss and a craving for the campy and silly BATMAN 1960’s television series, this is the Batman book for you.  As a junior high school student, I used to watch the television show (two shows per week in its’ prime) religiously and loved the irrelevant and mocking approach to a comics legend.  I didn’t resent that then and I still don’t today.  I have fond memories of the series but no real desire to see it again.  Campy doesn’t work in the twenty-first century.  I had a hard time finishing this first issue because I was bored.  That’s not the fault of Parker and Case.  They did exactly what they were assigned to do, and recreated the feel and look of that old TV show perfectly.  I just don’t think this is what the present day Batman fan really wants.  I predict a cancellation after six issues.

BATMAN AND CATWOMAN #22 (DC) Peter J. Tomasi, writer. Patrick Gleason, artist.

Since the demise of BATMAN AND ROBIN after losing one-half of the cast, BATMAN AND . . . is a team-up book on the surface with good one-issue-and-done stories with plenty of action lovingly illustrated (like the gorgeous Gleason fight panels in silhouette).  Below the surface it remains a character study of Bruce Wayne and how he deals with his son’s death (highly reflective and brooding with strong and often violent feelings of retribution).  That’s where the Tomasi-Gleason magic resides, and this title continues to surprise me.  There are some great developments here regarding the continuing and welcome presence of Carrie Kelley.

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ALL NEW MICHAEL TURNER’S FATHOM #1 (Aspen) David Wohl, writer. Alex Konat, artist.

Upon the 10th anniversary of Aspen, and the 15th anniversary of FATHOM, Wohl and Konat do their best to recreate the Michael Turner magic in this fifth volume of the title.  All this and only a $1 cover price should be enough to entice everyone to give this a quick look.  Wohl knows his way around the Fathom universe (having worked with writer/creator/amazing artist Michael Turner on FATHOM as well as WITCHBLADE), and nails the essence of Aspen Matthews in this first issue.  Part of the magic of the original was the beautiful and colorful Turner art, and that’s a hard act to follow.  Alex Konat does a decent job, and in places like the opening pages he rivals Turner in his illustration.  But Turner did it on every single page, panel after panel and Konat isn’t quite up to that level.  Some of the pages are standard fare in terms of art.  I don’t think Aspen needs to assign this to a different artist - - they just need to find a way to bring out the best of Konat the same way that Turner gave 110% every time.

SATELLITE SAM #1 (Image) Matt Fraction, writer. Howard Chaykin, artist.

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Combining a murder mystery with a realistic depiction of live television in 1951 New York City, SATELLITE SAM kills off its title character in the first issue as it sets up the background for what could be an interesting series.  Chaykin has always had a knack for recreating a certain point in time that rings true, all the way down to the clothing styles and furniture.  Credit Fraction for doing some research on the early days of television and providing some good insights into what it must have been like to work in that media back then.  The choice of black and white illustrations to tell this story also helps give things the right feel and look.  It’s too soon to tell if this will become a routine pot-boiler from this point on, or provide further delightful insights into America’s history of popular culture like this first issue does so well.

 

THE SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #1 (Marvel) Nick Spencer, writer. Steve Lieber, artist.

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A new series that focuses less on Spider-Man and more on the history, motivations and personal lives of its five villains is a different and welcome spin on all things Spider-Man (Doc Oc version, that is).  That seems to be the premise of this book, as Spider-Man appears in only two panels throughout the entire first issue.  Too bad the story tries a little too hard to be funny, and ends up being silly, sappy and moronic.  These characters (Boomerang, Shocker, Overdrive, Speed Demon and Beetle, the new Sinister Six minus one) and Hammerhead are mostly depicted as pure idiots.  The art style (and situations within) would fit in with books intended for younger audiences, but the T+ rating on the cover seems to indicate a broader target.  I have higher expectations from Nick Spencer.  This is disappointing.