Monday, June 29, 2015

Scuttlebutt! . . . . the latest from Dynamite Entertainment

 

Scuttlebutt (a slang name for gossip) will be an infrequent column on BC Refugees containing industry news and rumors, usually noteworthy but not worthy of a dedicated column. Most of the notes will be culled from various press releases.  In our debut edition, we focus on some upcoming titles from Dynamite Entertainment. . . . .

THE GODFATHER OF SHOCK ROCK FACES EVIL ERNIE AND THE CHAOS! COMICS FIENDS  IN THE UPCOMING MINISERIES, ALICE COOPER VS. CHAOS!
June 29, 2013, Mt. Laurel, NJ:  Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the upcoming September launch of Alice Cooper vs. Chaos!, a five-issue miniseries pitting the world-renowned rock 'n' roll icon against the comic book industry's premiere horror franchise.  Tim Seeley ( Hack/Slash, Batman: Eternal) and Jim Terry ( The Crow: Skinning the Wolves) share writing duties for the event series, with Terry performing double-duty as the series artist. Joyce Chin ( Swords of Sorrow) will provide covers for the entirety of the series.
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Alice Cooper vs. Chaos! follows upon the success of Dynamite's 2014  Alice Cooper, a miniseries that reimagines the rock legend as the supernatural Lord of Nightmares, responsible for visiting the vilest men and women of the world with nocturnal horrors. In comics, no one is more vile than Evil Ernie, Chastity, and Purgatori... the fiends of the Chaos! Comics universe. Plagued by bizarre nightmares, these terrifying undead monsters put aside their personal differences and join the teen monsters known as The Chosen to hunt down the one-and-only Alice Cooper.
The Chaos! Comics horror line launched in 1991 with Evil Ernie #1, originally published by Eternity Comics and subsequently by Chaos! Comics and later Dynamite Entertainment. Tens of millions of Chaos! comic books have sold intAliceChaos01-01o the marketplace, making its distinctive creature characters instantly recognizable to an entire generation of comic fans. Since 2012, Dynamite has reimagined the entire line with series dedicated to Evil Ernie, Purgatori, Chastity, Lady Demon, and more.


Renowned as the Godfather of Shock Rock, Alice Cooper is an icon of rock 'n roll with a career spanning five decades.  A Detroit native, Cooper has released 26 albums over the course of his illustrious career, and maintains a reputation as one of the most theatrical live performers in history, often incorporating elaborate horror movie and vaudeville sensibilities into his stage shows.  In addition to his musical career, he is an avid golfer, film actor, restaurateur, and radio DJ.

 

WRITER CULLEN BUNN HEADLINES CREATIVE TEAM FOR  ALL-NEW VOLTRON: FROM THE ASHES COMIC BOOK SERIES

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June 29, 2013, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the return of the Voltron Force in the pages of Voltron: From the Ashes, an all-new six-issue miniseries written by Cullen Bunn ( Deadpool, Captain America) and illustrated by Blacky Shepherd ( 3 Days in Darkness). Set two hundred years after the events of Dynamite's previous  Voltron series, the miniseries will introduce a new team to pilot the five lions that form the Defender of the Universe. The debut issue will launch in September 2015 and feature cover artwork from acclaimed Transformers artist Alex Milne.
Voltron: Defender of the Universe launched as a cartoon series in the United States in 1984, quickly rising to become a top-rated animated series. Its premise involves a team of brave space explorers chosen to pilot five robot lions that combine into the mighty metallic hero Voltron, and their fight to protect the planet Arus, ruled by Princess Allura, from the evil King Zarkon on Planet Doom and his monstrous Robeasts. The series celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2014.

DYNAMITE IS DOWN WITH THE HOMIESANNOUNCING DEAL FOR HISTORY OF THE HOMIES ART BOOK, COMICS, AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

July 29th, 2015, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite is proud to announce an agreement with Surge Licensing, Inc. and Homieshop, LLC to create the first-ever officially licensed Homies publications. The deal includes rights for a " History of the Homies" comprehensive retrospective hardcover art book, which will feature all of the toys ever released, along with behind-the-scenes art, info, and photos on the development of the characters, brand, and merchandise, including interviews with its creator, David Gonzales, and the story of how the  Homies blew up! In addition, the deal includes the right to create original comics and graphic novels in all sizes, as well as reprint existing comic material.

HOMIES Dynamite deal intro

The  Homies first began as an underground comic strip created by artist David Gonzales that ran in Lowrider Magazine in 1978 and was based on his friends and lifestyle.  The merchandising of  Homies began in 1994 when trend-savvy retailer Hot Topic offered the shirts for sale, which soon became hot tees in their stores. Following on the heels of a successful T-shirt run,  Homies was licensed for figurines in the vending machine toy industry, where all sales records were broken, with over 150 million figurines sold worldwide. The licensing program soon spread to products such as action figures, remote and die-cast cars, notebooks, posters, plush, Halloween masks, video games, music and more, and were carried by specialty and mass retailers, such as Walmart, K-mart, Kay-bee Toys, Spencer Gifts, Walgreens and many others.  Today, the  Homies are enjoying a comeback with new T-shirts, toys and more in the works.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Evil Dead Reboot BluRay Review



David and his girlfriend have traveled to their family’s cabin in an effort to help rehabilitate his drug-addicted younger sister, Mia.  Along with a nurse and another friend, the four discuss how they plan to help Mia by keeping her locked in the cabin and away from old friends and negative influences until she finally kicks.  These drastic measures have come about since Mia’s last overdose which left her clinically dead for almost a minute.  The friends make a pact that they are not leaving no matter how much Mia begs and pleads with them.  But after a short escape attempt into the woods leaves Mia in a near catatonic state, they discover leaving was never an option. 

This Evil Dead movie is a big departure from the original but is still fantastic in that this was the movie Evil Dead was always supposed to be.  More horror than action-adventure and more likely to produce gasps of disbelief than belly laughs, the reboot of this movie is something to behold for anyone who can momentarily suspend their discomfort at a classic being redone for a new generation. 

The staples are all here.  A door chained above the basement as a woman peers out with evil in her eye, the only bridge being washed away and, of course, a woman being violated by plant life.  A demonic book is discovered and an incantation is unwisely read aloud.  The demonic presence then proceeds to work its way through the group until the last (very un-Ash-like) man is standing.  Although the final character lacks Bruce Campbell’s DIY approach to killing necromorphs, you still root for him, or are at least rendered speechless by the gallons of blood and cords of sinew that soak this entire movie.  While not purely a torture porn movie (Saw, Hostel, etc.), it definitely owes a tip of the hat to that genre for its unflinching style in portraying the horrific injuries that take down the group.  One character in particular is almost Campbellian (copyright pending) in his ability to take damage but somehow limp through the proceedings.

Just when you think the movie is done and a reasonably happy ending has been had (well, as happy as one can be with the bodies of your dismembered, deceased friends littering your family cabin), the movie takes a twist that even the most jaded fanboy won’t see coming. 

Although the reboot of this movie will surely let down those looking for the campyness of the first three, it is a terrifying horror movie that eschews the use of CGI and has a real gritty feel to it.  The last fifteen minutes also shows off the director’s ability to straddle the line of staying true to the original and ratcheting up the reboot in a smart way.

Note:  Be sure to watch the post-credit scene with Bruce Campbell. 


Final rating (out of 5):



Friday, June 12, 2015

Top Products Ordered For MAY 2015 released by Diamond Distributors

<b>EDITOR'S NOTES: I believe this is the same information that Diamond posts in PREVIEWS every month plus some additional stats and analysis. It's a subject of interest to me and one that I will share some of my own thoughts about soon.In the meantime, here is the full release.

From the official press release . . . .

Diamond Announces Top Products For May 2015



(BALTIMORE, MD) — (June 12, 2015) — The multiverse faces collapse and worlds collide in Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic's Secret Wars #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book of May 2015 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was May's top publisher with a 40.17% dollar share and a 41.11% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month's number two publisher with a 25.43% dollar share and a 26.04% unit share. May's number three publisher was Image Comics with a 8.89% dollar share and a 10.28% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 5.06% dollar share and a 3.82% unit share. BOOM! Studios placed fifth for the month with a 3.96% dollar share and a 7.16% unit share, and Dark Horse Comics was sixth with a 3.83% dollar share and a 3.43% unit share.

In May, Marvel Comics had seven titles in the top ten, including Secret Wars #2 at #3, Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lolli's Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars #1 at #5, and G. Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennett's A-Force #1 at #6. DC Comics had two titles in the top ten, led by Jeff King and Andy Kubert's Convergence #5 at #9. Also in May's top ten was BOOM! Studios' John Omohundro and Eryk Donovan's Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John #1 at #2.

Batman faces new threats from the Riddler and Killer Croc in Geoff Johns and Gary Frank's original graphic novel, Batman: Earth One Volume 2 from DC Entertainment, the best-selling graphic novel of May. Marvel Comics had three titles among the top ten, including Night Nurse at #2 and Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's Civil War at #5. Image Comics had four titles, including Kurtis J. Wiebe, Roc Upchurch, and Stjepan Sejic's Rat Queens Volume 2 at #3; Jason Aaron and Jason Latour's Southern Bastards Volume 2 at #4, and Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga Volume 4 at #6.

Drawing on the in-game materials from the best-selling video games, Dark Horse Comics' Dragon Age: The World of Thedas Volume 2 was May's best-selling book. In total, Dark Horse had three titles among the top ten, including the perennial favorite Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia at #4 and The World of The Witcher at #5.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Now: Deadpool ArtFX+ Statue was May's best-selling toy product and one of the manufacturer's two products in the top ten. DC Collectibles had seven products in the top ten, led by the DC Comics: The New 52: Harley Quinn Action Figure at #3.

The Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Assemble Booster Brick from WizKids/NECA was May's best-selling game product.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
PUBLISHER
DOLLAR
SHARE
UNIT
SHARE

MARVEL COMICS
40.17%
41.11%
DC ENTERTAINMENT
25.43%
26.04%
IMAGE COMICS
8.89%
10.28%
IDW PUBLISHING
5.06%
3.82%
BOOM! STUDIOS
3.96%
7.16%
DARK HORSE COMICS
3.83%
3.43%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
2.22%
1.82%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD
1.16%
0.27%
VIZ MEDIA
1.01%
0.33%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
0.85%
0.92%
OTHER NON-TOP 10
7.43%
4.81%
NEW TITLES SHIPPED
PUBLISHER
COMICS SHIPPED
GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED
MAGAZINES SHIPPED
TOTAL
SHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS

71
35
0
106
DC ENTERTAINMENT
74
25
0
99
IMAGE COMICS
58
10
0
68
IDW PUBLISHING
42
21
0
63
DARK HORSE COMICS
33
17
0
50
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT
28
6
0
34
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
26
2
0
28
EAGLEMOSS
0
0
27
27
VIZ MEDIA
0
19
0
19
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
11
2
0
13
OTHER NON-TOP 10
93
91
17
201
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS
UNITS
MAY 2015 VS. APRIL 2014
COMICS
-10.58%
-9.60%
GRAPHIC NOVELS
-21.11%
-19.41%
TOTAL COMICS/GN
-13.81%
-10.38%
MAY 2015 VS. MAY 2014
COMICS
19.94%
19.53%
GRAPHIC NOVELS
-0.29%
9.90%
TOTAL COMICS/GN
13.49%
18.78%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014
COMICS
16.48%
16.90%
GRAPHIC NOVELS
3.41%
-1.13%
TOTAL COMICS/GN
12.31%
15.35%
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
RANK
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
ITEM CODE
VENDOR
1

SECRET WARS #1
$4.99
FEB150650-M
MAR
2
BRAVEST WARRIORS: TALES OF HOLO JOHN #1
$4.99
MAR151109-M
BOO
3
SECRET WARS #2
$4.99
MAR150618-M
MAR
4
STAR WARS #5
$3.99
MAR150683-M
MAR
5
DEADPOOL'S SECRET SECRET WARS #1
$4.99
MAR150644-M
MAR
6
A-FORCE #1
$3.99
MAR150665-M
MAR
7
OLD MAN LOGAN #1
$4.99
MAR150656-M
MAR
8
DARTH VADER #5
$3.99
MAR150688-M
MAR
9
CONVERGENCE #5 [*]
$3.99
MAR150155-M
DC
10
CONVERGENCE #6 [*]
$3.99
MAR150159-M
DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
RANK
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
ITEM CODE
VENDOR
1

BATMAN: EARTH-ONE VOLUME 2 HC
$24.99
JAN150232
DC
2
NIGHT NURSE
$7.99
MAR150754
MAR
3
RAT QUEENS VOLUME 2: THE FAR REACHING TENTACLES OF N'RYGOTH TP (MR)
$14.99
SEP140647
IMA
4
SOUTHERN BASTARDS VOLUME 2: GRIDIRON TP (MR)
$9.99
FEB150542
IMA
5
CIVIL WAR TP
$24.99
JAN072436
MAR
6
SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR)
$14.99
OCT140644
IMA
7
LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST GN
$19.99
MAR151495
VIZ
8
DEADPOOL VOLUME 8: ALL GOOD THINGS TP
$24.99
MAR150804
MAR
9
THE VALIANT TP
$9.99
MAR151614
VAL
10
SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)
$9.99
AUG120491
IMA
TOP 10 BOOKS
RANK
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
ITEM CODE
VENDOR
1

DRAGON AGE: THE WORLD OF THEDAS VOLUME 2 HC
$39.99
DEC140101
DAR
2
ATTACK ON TITAN: BEFORE THE FALL: KYKLO NOVEL
$14.95
MAR151665
RAN
3
ESSENTIAL EVANGELION CHRONICLE: SIDE A SC
$39.99
JAN151635
UDO
4
LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC
$34.99
SEP120055
DAR
5
THE WORLD OF THE WITCHER HC
$39.99
OCT140122
DAR
6
MARVEL: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON POP-UP BOOK HC
$14.99
MAR151735
HAC
7
THE FANGIRL'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY: A HANDBOOK FOR GIRL GEEKS HC
$15.95
MAR151759
RAN
8
TH ECOMPLETE GUIDE TO SELF PUBLISHING COMICS SC
$24.99
MAR151750
RAN
9
WOMEN OF WONDER: CELEBRATING WOMEN CREATORS OF FANTASTIC ART
$24.95
MAR151727
PUB
10
BRAVEST WARRIORS: THINGS TO DOODLE & DO SC
$12.99
MAR151492
VIZ
TOP 10 TOYS
RANK
DESCRIPTION
ITEM CODE
VENDOR
1

MARVEL NOW: DEADPOOL ARTFX+ STATUE
SEP142328
KOT
2
THE DARK KNIGHT: THE JOKER MAF EX FIGURE
APR148224
MED
3
DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE
DEC140434
DC
4
BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: BATMAN ACTION FIGURE
SEP140356
DC
5
BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE
SEP140357
DC
6
MARVEL: WOLVERINE DANGER ROOM SESSIONS STATUE
AUG142465
KOT
7
DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: MERA STATUE
NOV140352
DC
8
BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: SCARECROW ACTION FIGURE
SEP140358
DC
9
THE FLASH ACTION FIGURE
OCT140413
DC
10
DC COMICS: SUPERMAN & BATMAN BOOKENDS
NOV140347
DC
TOP 10 GAMES
RANK
DESCRIPTION
ITEM CODE
VENDOR
1

MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS ASSEMBLE BOOSTER BRICK
MAR152655
NEC
2
MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: DRAGONS OF TARKIR BOOSTER PACKS
JAN158366
WIZ
3
YU-GI-OH! HEROCLIX SERIES THREE
SEP142619
NEC
4
HARLEY QUINN PUZZLE
MAR152470
NMR
5
THE WALKING DEAD: PRISON BOARD GAME
JUN142630
MEG
6
STAR WARS ARMADA: VICTORY CLASS STAR DESTROYER EXPANSION
JAN152641
FAN
7
MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: DRAGONS OF TARKIR FAT PACK
JAN158368
WIZ
8
STAR WARS ARMADA: ASSAULT FRIGATE MARK II EXPANSION
JAN152634
FAN
9
MINECRAFT: OFFICIAL MOJANG COMBAT HANDBOOK HC
FEB142547
SCH
10
MINECRAFT: OFFICIAL MOJANG CONSTRUCTION HANDBOOK HC
FEB142548
SCH

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The New Titles Count Chart includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

***

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

SCORCH Campaign Almost Ready to Launch on Kickstarter

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Readers may recognize writer/artist/creator Ashley Witter from the recent SQUARRIORS, where her art style was quite different from SCORCH, which is intended as a trade paperback collection of her popular web comic. We are a fan of her talents and glad to learn that more of her work is making it to print. Devil’s Due is running the crowd-funding and publishing the book.  They have been very reliable in the past in completing projects funded this way, which is a new trend that Devil’s Due hopes to popularize with many independent comics creators and help them bring their deserving works to a larger audience.

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

The Kickstarter campaign for SCORCH is in the works and almost ready to launch! But for now, check out the one-of-a-kind SCORCH_ offerings and exclusives by previewing the campaign on Kickstarter.

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About this project

Before her epic, Squarriors, and her interpretation of Anne Rice's Interview With A Vampire: Claudia's Story, Ashley Witter created SCORCH.

SCORCH (written & drawn by Ashley Witter) is the trials and tribulation of an immortal demon living as a human teenage girl called Scorch residing in suburban America. An immortal demon living on Earth? How? Scorch made a deal with a more powerful demon to get where she is. He now lives in her closet as a monster to keep tabs on her to make sure she pays of her debt to him: 10,000 SOULS, plus an exponentially growing interest. Not only is she paying off this large debt, Scorch sets out to discover her true past, prevent the end of the world, and just pass the 10th grade.

Originally posted on Smack Jeeves as a web comic, Ashley Witter & Devil's Due want to bring SCORCH to print.

With Kickstarter, Ashley Witter & Devil's Due hope to not only bring SCORCH to print as a collected trade paperback, but they really want to give readers that have been following SCORCH since 2007 a chance to receive KS exclusive SCORCH goodies. Of course, all this one-of-a-kind SCORCH awesomeness will only be available during the course of this Kickstarter and will not be available in stores or anywhere else afterwards.

"Squarriors is my epic, but SCORCH is my down-time, my fun, and my love. It was my first series and its fans have kept it alive for more than a decade. Releasing it as a TPB is every bit for them as much as it is for me."
- Ashley Witter

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This Kickstarter campaign includes the standard cover for the SCORCH trade that will be available after the life of this campaign online and in comic shops. The Kickstarter Exclusive edition of the SCORCH trade paperback with a variant cover will only be offered in this campaign and nowhere else. Only Kickstarter Exclusive editions of SCORCH will be signed by Ashley Witter.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

More added to Baltimore Comic Con 2015 Guest List

From the official press release. . . . .

Case, Dezago, Kemple, Rousseau, Woodall, & Yates Come to Baltimore Comic-Con

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - June 9, 2015 - Buy your tickets now for the 2015 Baltimore Comic-Con, taking place the weekend of September 25-27, 2015 at the Baltimore Comic-Con. This year, the Baltimore Comic-Con welcomes back Richard Case, Todd Dezago, Chris Kemple, Craig Rousseau, Rich Woodall, and Kelly Yates.


Richard Case got his start at Marvel Comics, working on Strange Tales, but got his first real run on Doom Patrol at DC Comics. He has also contributed to numerous other noteworthy, acclaimed titles at DC, including Sandman, Shade, the Changing Man, Preacher, and Hunter: The Age of Magic. He is also a contributor to the Artist Alley Comics digital initiative. His recent work can be seen on DC Comics' Batman '66, Dynamite Entertainment's Flash Gordon and King: Jungle Jim, and variant covers from Action Lab Entertainment's Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess.

Comics writer Todd Dezago has been a contributed noteworthy story lines to many Image, DC, and Marvel comic books. At Marvel Comics, he has scribed runs on Spider-Man, Sensational Spider-Man, Super Hero Squad, Marvel Adventures, Marvel Age: Spider-Man, Marvel Age: Spider-Man Team-Up, Cable, and X-Factor. For DC Comics, he has worked on Impulse, Teen Titans, JLA: World Without Grownups, Legends of the DC Universe, and Young Justice. Dezago's creator-owned titles, Tellos and Perhapanauts, are published through Image Comics, and have garnered much attention and kudos. Along with his co-creator, Craig Rousseau, Dezago is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign for their newest work, The Perhapanauts: Into Hollow Earth.

Chris Kemple is one of the contributors to the digital comics effort, Artist Alley Comics, and his work can be found in G.T. Labs' Fallout. After graduating with a BFA in Painting and Drawing from East Carolina University, Kemple worked as an assistant at Artamus Studios with Richard Case, Mike Wieringo, Jeff Parker, Casey Jones, and Scott Hampton, among others. Currently a teacher and freelance artist, Chris was a founding member of and texture artist and 3D object modeler at video game development studio, Red Storm Entertainment.

Craig Rousseau has spent his career as an artist working on numerous noteworthy titles and runs. He has provided art on DC Comics' Batman Beyonds, Harley Quinn, and Impulse, Marvel's Captain America & the Korvac Saga, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Season 2, and Iron Man & the Iron Wars, and he can be seen lately working on DC Comics' Batman '66, Image Comics' Perhapanauts: Danger Down Under, Dark Horse Comics' Dark Horse Presents, and Dynamite Entertainment's Pathfinder: Goblins! as well as Teen Titans Go! variant covers for DC Comics' Aquaman, Green Arrow, and Justice League of America. He currently has an active Kickstarter campaign for his newest work with co-creator Todd Dezago, The Perhapanauts: Into Hollow Earth.

Rich Woodall, also an Artist Alley Comics contributor, is known for his creator-owned titles, Johnny Rayguy, the Zombie Bomb! Comic Anthology, and Kyrra Alien Jungle Girl, the latter of which has appeared recently in Dark Horse Comics' Dark Horse Presents. He has also worked on Image Comics' Savage Dragon, The Perhapanauts, and more recently worked on a variant cover for IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Kelly Yates has provided artwork for Amber Atoms, Tales of Tellos, and The Perhapanauts at Image Comics, numerous Doctor Who titles at IDW, including Doctor Who: A Fairytale Life and Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time, Fear Agent at Dark Horse Comics, and JLA-Z at DC Comics. He also wrote Image's Amber Atoms, and can lately be found contributing to Artist Alley Comics

TICKETS
General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as well as the Harvey Awards, are now on sale! Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets now, and as always, kids 10 and under get into the show free with a paid adult General Admission!




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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Tickets go on sale early for Baltimore Comic Con 2015

from the official press release . . . . . .

Baltimore Comic-Con Tickets - Perfect for Dads and Grads

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - May 28, 2015 - Every year, staff members are asked about the possibility of buying tickets as gifts, and this year, we're pleased to have tickets out in time for you to make your purchases in time for Father's Day or graduation.

"Tickets to the Baltimore Comic-Con for Father's Day!
Verily, a gift from the gods!"

Tickets are now on sale for this year's show, taking place the weekend of September 25-27, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore.

Thinking about sending your husband with the kids? Bringing your dad for a weekend of comics and pop culture fun? Getting that new graduate the perfect unique gift? Maybe you want to send your dad or grad to the Harvey Awards ceremony with the stars and legends of the comic book industry? All of these are options at the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Ticket prices are:

            • Weekend - $55
            • Friday - $25
            • Saturday - $30
            • Sunday - $25
            • VIP* - $149
            • Harvey Awards** - $125

As always, children 10 and under are free for general admission with a paid adult general admission! 

* VIP ticket holders receive exclusive early admission to all 3 days of the show, as well as a gift package that includes a show t-shirt, the 2015 Baltimore Comic-Con yearbook, and more.

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** Harvey Awards tickets include full cocktail hour (cash bar), full service dinner (featuring a Baltimore Crabcake!), awards ceremony, and a gift bag. 

Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets today.

In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year's confirmed guests for the show include:  Neal Adams (All-New Captain America);  Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); John Beatty (Secret Wars); Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Richard Case (Doom Patrol); Sean Chen (Secret Origins); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl); Steve Conley (Bloop); Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn); Katie Cook (Gronk); Darwyn Cooke (Richard Stark's Parker); Todd Dezago (Perhapanauts); Ramona Fradon (Spongebob Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular); Francesco Francavilla (Secret Wars: Battleworld); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman '66: The Lost Episode); Cully Hamner (Convergence: The Question); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Russ Heath (G.I. Combat); Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets); Klaus Janson (Superman); Dave Johnson (Inhumans: Attilan Rising); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Chris Kemple (Red Vengeance); Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Paul Levitz (Convergence: World's Finest Comics); Nate Lovett (Midnight Tiger); Kevin Maguire (Justice League); Mike Manley (Darkhawk); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin);  Terry Moore (Rachel Rising); Tom Palmer (The Avengers); Jimmy Palmiotti (The Con Job); Dan Parent (Archie); Andrew Pepoy (Afterlife with Archie); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Khoi Pham (X-Men Legacy);  Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Budd Root (Cavewoman);  Don Rosa ( Donald Duck ); Craig Rousseau (Batman Beyond); Andy Runton (Owly); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Matteo Scalera (Black Science); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman - The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Convergence: Superman - The Man of Steel); Andy Smith (Earth 2); Matthew Dow Smith (X-Files Season 10); Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans); Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity Relativity); Marcio Takara (Armor Wars); Ben Templesmith (Gotham by Midnight); Frank Tieri (Suicide Squad); Peter Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Billy Tucci (Shi); James Tynion (Constantine: The Hellblazer);  Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Charles Vess (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream); Mark Waid ( Daredevil ); John Watson (Red Sonja); Matt Wieringo ('Ringo Scholarship Fund); Rich Woodall (Kyrra); Kelly Yates (Doctor Who); Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friends Forever); and Mike Zeck (Secret Wars) .

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

Shark Tank For Comics - - Get Your Ideas Considered

EDITOR”S NOTE:  I love the idea of Shark Tank for Comics - - creators get to submit their stories and/or art to two small publishers for consideration.  Wish I could attend!  Alas, the paying job and other life commitments get in the way once againInformation below supplied by Ramon Gils of Scifies.com .

Scifies Hosting Two Panels at Eternal Con

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It’s June in Long Island and that means Eternal Con is On! This year, we will be organizing two, count ‘em TWO, panel discussions on June 13!

Careeers in Comics – Saturday @ 1pm
Most everyone wants to either draw or write comics books. But there are many more capacities in which one may be involved in the industry we all love. Join us as we hear first hand from top industry professionals on ways to break in, what to break in as, and how to stay in! With special guests: Heather Antos (Marvel Comics), Maria Cabardo (DC Comics), Peter Hamboussi (DC Comics), Hunter Gorrison (Valiant Entertainment) and Heidi MacDonald (The Comics Beat). Moderated by Ramon Gil (Scifies).

SharkTank for Comics – Saturday @ 4pm
Submit your art or finished stories for review and consideration for a chance to get a paying deal with a comic book publisher. Panelist Patrick Reilly (Pronto Comics) and Ramon Gil (Scifies) will be reviewing submitted work for publishing consideration. Creators can submit finished stories or show their art portfolio. If your work is good enough, you could get a paying assignment or publication deal! You must send your samples to ramon@scifies.com and if accepted, you must attend the event in order to be considered. For questions, please email us.

Eternal Con is Long Island NY's large scale multi media pop culture convention.  Held annually at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, Eternal Con brings together the best in Comic Books, Collectibles, Gaming, Sci-Fi, Cosplay, Horror, and all things pop culture.  The 2014 event was a huge success with over 7000 attendees.  On the Eternal Con website you will find all sorts of valuable information about the show and be sure to check out the facebook and twitter pages for more. 

Click here for information on Eternal Con

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Local comics creator finally getting some recognition

EDITOR’S NOTES:  We have been following the career path of  Philadelphia resident Jamar Nicholas for several years, ever since we met him  many years ago.  He is one of the friendliest and nicest people working in indie comics today.  I cant’ think of a single person who might have a bad word to say about him.  And you’ll never hear him talking trash - - he has a way of finding the good in everything.   Prior to this, his most famous work was the comics adaptation of the biographical young adult novel  FIST STICK KNIFE GUN  (highly recommended).  Soon, his long in development project LEON, PROTECTOR OF THE PLAYGROUND will be released and is sure to gain him further notice.  In addition to his comics work, Jamar is an educator  (comics and art for young creators) and has become sought out for his viewpoints on comics, independent creators, and race issues.   Here’s an update from him, in his own words . . . . . . . .

Quick update from JAMAR NICHOLAS STUDIOS:

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1) MEET THE COVER

Just to give my last update some breathing room, I wanted to show the LEON cover in a different update.

Here's a small-rez image of the tradedress for LEON: PROTECTOR OF THE PLAYGROUND. There may be some cosmetic changes going forward, but nothing major as it's pretty much there.

JN STUDIOS dba STUDIO BLACKBOSS JN STUDIOS dba STUDIO BLACKBOSS

2) MEET THE STAFF

SANDRA and YAYA are my studio assistants who have the herculean job of getting/keeping me sane and on-target!. They have come on board in the past few months and as you can see, things are already shaping up around here. Thanks gang!

3) AWESOMECON After-report

AWESOMECON came and went and I had fun, but I'm really glad to be clear of conventions and appearances and excited to dig heels into the studio so I can get LEON wrapped with less static interference. Here's some goodness from the show:

AWESOMECON Race Panel w/ Patrick Strange, Jamal Igle, Jamar, Jeremy Whitley and Gabrial Canada AWESOMECON Race Panel w/ Patrick Strange, Jamal Igle, Jamar, Jeremy Whitley and Gabrial Canada

I was on a few panels, one being a race & comics panel where I shared a mic with mainstream hero Jamal Igle (MOLLY DANGER, DC Comics) and Jeremy Whitley (PRINCELESS). Also was interviewed by Washington free-thinking network RT and WATCHING THE HAWKS. We talked briefly about race, comics and the need for fresh voices.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nW1bHuuBsA

You can see the segment I was interviewed in at 14:00.

Have a good weekend.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Free Comic Book Day 2015 Reviews: Part Eight

BOB’S BURGERS FCBD  (Dynamite Entertainment)  Various Writers and Artists.  “Bob’s Burgers” created by Loren Bouchard. www.dynamite.com

COVER APPEAL 0-3 POINTS:  An infinity cover always draws attention. Some collectors covet them.  My poor eyes can only see four layers deep into this one, but it would be fun to get a giant magnifying glass and take another look.  3 points.

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STORY 0-3 POINTS: There are lots of stories here.  Seven, to be exact, ranging from 8 pages to just one single page. The single pagers contain sketches or simple ideas such as “Burger Of The Day Ideas” (Sixteen Canned Dills Burger, comes with extra pickles). There are 4 stories from 6-8 pages , and these do the best job of reflecting the flavor of the comedic television cartoon series. My favorites are “Louise’s Unsolved Mysteries And Curious Curiosities: Louise’s Legacy” (dealing with library book vandalism) and “Gene Belcher Present: Guys & Frogs, The Musical” (a frog infestation in the restaurant). These are all select reprints from each of the five-issue Bob’s Burgers mini-series. It’s a great cross section, and really respectful of the source material. As it should be, since most of the stories are written and illustrated by writers and artists from the TV show.  2 POINTS.

ART 0-3 POINTS: This book looks like the cartoon show.  Many of the stories were illustrated by artists who work on the show. It captures the feeling, complete with the goofy egg-eyes of all the family members.  I’m giving it the full points not because the art is spectacular, but because it’s a mirror image of the show. Well done.  3 POINTS.

YOUTH APPEAL 0-3 POINTS:  This may not be the best choice for the very young, but for all the rest, from elementary school through high school, it’s very appropriate.  I would actually enjoy reading this to a pre-school  or kindergarten student. I think they would be amused.  3 POINTS.

NEW READER APPEAL 0-3 POINTS: If you are familiar with the TV show, you will be very comfortable with the comic book. If you haven’t seen the show and want a preview of what it’s like, this book hits the mark.  3 POINTS.

PROMOTIONAL CONSIDERATIONS 0-3 POINTS: I think it would make sense for Dynamite to have a few ads in here to draw attention to their other youth-oriented titles, but the only ad is for an art book about dragons.  I’m not sure the Bob’s Burgers audience is the same audience for that.  Still, all the social media links are listed on the credits page - - but not everybody is going to look at that.  1 POINT.

BONUS POINTS = WOULD I PERSONALLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK? 0-2 POINTS:   I did not expect this to be as good as the TV show, but it really is. I recommend this to all fans of the show, as well as those curious about it. It’s a fun read, and about to become a monthly title at Dynamite for more good times. 2  POINTS.

FINAL RANKING FOR BOB’S BURGERS  = 17 POINTS – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.  A perfect example of representing the industry proudly.

Free Comic Book Day 2015 Book Reviews, Part Seven

DARK CIRCLE COMICS  (Archie Comics)  The Black Hood preview = Duane Swierczynski, writer.  Michael Gaydos, artist.  The Fox preview = Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid, writers.  Dean Haspiel, artist.  The Shield first look = Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig, writers.  David Williams, artist.

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COVER APPEAL 0-3 POINTS:  The cover is simple yet very striking - - something that cover artist Franco Francavilla excels at. The Trinity like image of Dark Circle’s two male heroes at left and right flanks as if protecting the innocent and more colorful Patriot in the foreground leaves a favorable impression.  Kudos for putting an actual dark circle in the background.  3 points.

STORY 0-3 POINTS: The 11-page preview of The Black Hood is by far the most interesting story here and offers plenty of reasons for readers to pick up the book and learn more: a gritty, street smart crime tale set in Philadelphia. A motorcycle cop is seriously disfigured in a gun battle where he unintentionally guns down a mask-wearing vigilante. He’s hailed as a hero but inside he doesn’t feel it. His recovery and therapy is difficult and will lead to the decision to become the new Black Hood. Even though readers can figure it out, it’s the way the story is told that will hold attention and keep things moving. Told in first person narration,  it’s down to earth and heart-warming at the same time.  The art is compressed with lots of panels per page, but has a very photo-realistic look to it. And it’s dark - - the way I prefer my crime tales.  The second 11-page preview, The Fox, is also told in first person narration by the main character – a photo journalist who is following in his father’s footsteps with a dual identity as The Fox. Paul Patton Jr and his son cover the story of a ghost town being converted into a river basin and uncover some shady doings.  The art is very appealing in a pared-down adventure cartoon style (Johnny Quest, anyone?) and the character insights  and father-son discourse set them apart from standard fare.  The Shield preview doesn’t reveal much, just three pages of character concept and art. Still, it looks interesting. 2.5 POINTS.

ART 0-3 POINTS: Gaydos’ work on The Black Hood and Haspiel on The Fox are both first-rate. It’s not quite fair to judge the Wifredo Torres designs and Williams sketches on The Shield since a lot of it is preliminary work and ideas and not finished art.  2 POINTS.

YOUTH APPEAL 0-3 POINTS: The back cover has a disclaimer = Rated Teen +, Violent and Mature Content. Here’s hoping that gets viewed before a very young reader wants to pick it up. However, there is really nothing in this preview to be worried about. Some curse words in The Black Hood story have been removed.  2 POINTS.

NEW READER APPEAL 0-3 POINTS: Since these are intro stories it’s not difficult at all to follow anything here. There is also one page of text information  in the back of the book about each series that provides further information and quotes from the creators.  3 POINTS.

PROMOTIONAL CONSIDERATIONS 0-3 POINTS: It’s made very clear upfront that Dark Circle is a new imprint of Archie Comics, and how they hope to offer a different type of super-hero fare.  They make some bold promises, which I sincerely hope they can bring to fruition. I’ve already read the full first issue of The Black Hood and feel that it has a lot to offer. I’m reading this one monthly.  I will probably pick up the first trade paperback of The Fox as well as the first issues of The Shield (it’s neat that an icon of patriotism is female, a nice spin on what came before.)  The back pages also tease a new series , The Hangman, by Frank Tieri to look forward to later in the year.  I really hope Dark Circle pulls it off, and I’m rooting for them.  3 POINTS.

BONUS POINTS = WOULD I PERSONALLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK? 0-2 POINTS:   Absolutely.  I’m intrigued by these titles.  I would much rather read these than all the multiple revisions going on over at Marvel and DC.  I’m also wondering if this may be the first super-hero line where the main characters don’t possess extraordinary abilities but just good skills. 2  POINTS.

FINAL RANKING FOR DARK CIRCLE COMICS = 17.5 POINTS – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.  A perfect example of representing the industry proudly.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Lunch Witch is back to serve up cookies and nasty fare

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

PAPERCUTZ’S LUNCH WITCH CONTINUES TO MAKE MAGIC
Publisher Signs Deal For Additional Volumes of THE LUNCH WITCH series, Launches New Website


It looks like Grunhilda may have found some job security after all. The title character of Deb Lucke's debut graphic novel, THE LUNCH WITCH is set to star in three more volumes from kids graphic novel publisher Papercutz. The deal, announced today by Meredith Kaffel of Defiore & Company and Terry Nantier, President of Papercutz demonstrates the publisher's commitment to original graphic novels in general and this series in particular.


"THE LUNCH WITCH has been one of the highlights of our 2015 list and a cornerstone of our OGN program", explained Nantier. "After launching the series so successfully, we simply couldn't envision Grunhilda (or Deb) at another publishing house. Besides, I'm still trying to perfect her recipe for engorged tick scones. Hopefully, the old hag (and I mean that affectionately) will give me a few pointers!"


Published in March of this year, THE LUNCH WITCH has been a critical and commercial success, receiving starred reviews and performing well at retail. That momentum looks to continue over the summer as Lucke appears at a number of different trade and consumer events. Fresh off an appearance at the Toronto Comic Arts Fair, Lucke just participated in the ABA's "Author Speed Dating" event at BEA and signed copies of her book at the Papercutz booth during BookCon.

The veteran children's book creator has been delighted with the reception to her debut graphic novel and is excited about signing a long term deal with her publisher. “I’m grateful to them for the support and creative freedom I got from Papercutz on my first graphic novel,” noted Lucke. “ And I’m delighted that we’ll continue to work together to bring Grunhilda’s bad attitude to eager young readers. It’s great to be able to plot the next few years of her (and my) life."

Lucke and the Papercutz team are also coming up with ways to keep Lunch Witch fans engaged while they wait for the next volume. Grunhilda is very active on social media with Twitter and Instagram, and Tumblr pages and she's recently launched her own website - thelunchwitch.com.

"Grunhilda wasn't terribly happy about the book or the website. She’s worried about the Salem PTA will find out," says Lucke. "But she’s has ways of keeping her secret safe.” If readers are brave enough to get past her homepage, they'll find recipes for things like 'Dragon Scales' and 'Dog's Breakfast Cookies', testimonials from satisfied customers and they can even solicit some 'Bad Advice' from the Lunch Witch herself.


Future social media plans include You Tube videos and other transmedia efforts to keep the narrative progressing while Lucke finishes the next book in the series. "Readers have only seen a little bit of the rich cast of characters and deep backstory that make up the world of the Lunch Witch", noted Papercutz VP of Marketing Sven Larsen. "These digital narratives provide a nice bridge between volumes that will keep readers engaged and prepare them for their next visit with Grunhilda and company."

"There are a lot of seeds planted in the first volume that I’m excited to develop", added Lucke." If things go as planned, Grunhilda and her readers will be sharing lunches for many years to come. Who knows? Maybe she'll even bring her 'special touch' to some college meal plans!”

That’s bad news for Grunhilda’s students but good news for fans of THE LUNCH WITCH. It looks like she’ll be serving up Hansel and Gretel Pie for a long time to come!


THE LUNCH WITCH VOL. 1 by Deb Lucke is available at bookstores and comic book shops everywhere. VOLUME 2 is scheduled fro release in Fall 2016. To find a comic shop near you go to
http://www.comicshoplocator.com/ or dial 1-888-COMIC BOOK.

ABOUT PAPERCUTZ
At Papercutz, we’re all about publishing great graphic novels for all ages. Papercutz graphic novels for kids, tweens, and teens include a wide range of genres, including humor, action adventure, mystery, horror, and favorite characters. Papercutz is proud to be the only publisher exclusively dedicated to children’s graphic novels. We work every day to introduce young readers to the imaginative wonders waiting to be discovered in comics.
To find out more visit
http://www.papercutz.com.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Newest Marvel movie casting pulls a switch . . . . . . .

 

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Hooray for girl power!

I just learned this news via Paste Magazine (online only) today . . . . .

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Marvel Movies has cast Tilda Swinton in the November 4, 2016 DOCTOR STRANGE film.  The ever popular Benedict Cumberbatch will play Doctor Strange and take guidance from his mentor, the Ancient One, as portrayed by Tilda Swinton.

In the comics the Ancient One is a male.  This is a nice change.  I anticipate that Swinton will do a magnificent job.  She is an incredible talent with piercing features and a commanding presence.  She’s also no stranger  (ha!) to genre films, having starred in ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE and SNOWPIERCER among others.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Archie Comics Creators Come to Baltimore Comic-Con 2015

From the official press release . . . . . .

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - June 1, 2015 - Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Baltimore Comic-Con, taking place the weekend of September 25-27 at the Baltimore Convention Center  Join us in Baltimore's beautiful Inner Harbor for a weekend of comic excitement as we welcome Archie Comics creators Francesco Francavilla, Dan Parent, Andrew Pepoy, and Jeff Shultz.

Eisner and Eagle Award-winning Francesco Francavilla has found a niche in the comics industry with his noir stylings. His Afterlife with Archie from Archie Comics received a Harvey Award nomination in 2014 for Best New Series. He has also provided art on DC Comics' Detective Comics and Swamp Thing, Marvel's Black Panther: The Man Without Fear, and you will find his artwork gracing covers for Marvel's All-New Hawkeye, Master of Kung Fu, and Princess Leia, Archie's Archie vs. Predator and The Black Hood, and Dynamite Entertainment's Reanimator and The Twilight Zone: Shadow and Substance.

 

 

 

While Dan Parent has worked elsewhere, the bulk of his career has been spent with Archie Comics, where he began working immediately after graduating from The Kubert School. His work has covered a great range of work for the publisher on titles such as Archie, Betty and Veronica, Cheryl Blossom, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Veronica. His groundbreaking work on Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character in the Archie Universe, earned him a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book. Most recently, in addition to his normal contributions to titles like Jughead and Archie Jumbo Comics Digest, Archie's Funhouse Comics Double Digest, Betty and Veronica, and World of Archie Comics Double Digest, he wrote and drew the Archie vs. Sharknado one-shot, and provided cover artwork for Archie vs. Predator.

Andrew Pepoy's early career was in the realm of fanzines, but he quickly transitioned to publishing work for large publishers like DC Comics and Marvel Comics while still in college. Largely known as an inker (though an artist and creator in his own right, with works like The Adventures of Simone and Ajax), this Eisner Award-winning talent has worked on characters as diverse as Superman, Spider-Man, Scooby-Doo, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Simpsons, Godzilla, and Wallace & Gromit among many others. You can find his recent work on titles such as Fables from DC Comics, The Simpsons and Futurama from Bongo Entertainment, Life with Archie and Betty and Veronica from Archie Comics, and Uncle Scrooge from IDW.

Jeff Shultz has illustrated stories of the Peanuts gang for BOOM! Studios, and was formerly a ghost artist for the Tom and Jerry newspaper strip, but he is probably best known for his work over the past 18 years with Archie Comics. Over the past 13 years, Shultz has been the artist for the long-running Betty and Veronica.

"It's great to have such great representation from Archie Comics, whose long-standing star has clearly been shining brighter in recent years," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "All four of these gentlemen have contributed an amazing amount of work to comics, both to the Archie Universe and across the industry as a whole. We're thrilled to have them with us this year -- be there to meet them!"

TICKETS

General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as well as the Harvey Awards, are now on sale.  Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets now, and as always, kids 10 and under get into the show free with a paid adult General Admission.

In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year's confirmed guests for the show include:  Neal Adams (All-New Captain America); Scott Ambruson (Azteca: Ciudad Paradiso);  Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); John Beatty (Secret Wars); Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Talent Caldwell (Grimm Fairy Tales Presents White Queen: Age of Darkness); Chris Campana (Kantara); Richard Case (Doom Patrol); Sean Chen (Secret Origins); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl); Steve Conley (Bloop); Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn); Katie Cook (Gronk); Darwyn Cooke (Richard Stark's Parker); Todd Dezago (Perhapanauts); Joe Eisma (Morning Glories); Ramona Fradon (Spongebob Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular); Francesco Francavilla (Secret Wars: Battleworld); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman '66: The Lost Episode); Daniel Govar (Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier Prelude); Keron Grant (Father's Day); Laura Guzzo (Princeless: Short Stories for Warrior Women); Cully Hamner (Convergence: The Question); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Russ Heath (G.I. Combat); h-eri (Ivory Dragon Studios); Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets); Ken Hunt (Talon); Klaus Janson (Superman); Dave Johnson (Inhumans: Attilan Rising); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Chris Kemple (Red Vengeance); Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Paul Levitz (Convergence: World's Finest Comics); Mike Lilly (Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Robyn Hood); Nate Lovett (Midnight Tiger); Kevin Maguire (Justice League); Mike Manley (Darkhawk); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Laura Martin (Star Wars); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Pop Mhan (He-Man: The Eternity War);  Terry Moore (Rachel Rising); Nen (The Memory Collectors); Tom Palmer (The Avengers); Jimmy Palmiotti (The Con Job); Dan Parent (Archie); Brent Peeples (Legenderry: Green Hornet); Andrew Pepoy (Afterlife with Archie); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Khoi Pham (X-Men Legacy); Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Budd Root (Cavewoman);  Don Rosa ( Donald Duck ); Craig Rousseau (Batman Beyond); Stephane Roux (Harley Quinn and Power Girl); Andy Runton (Owly); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Matteo Scalera (Black Science); Jeff Shultz (Betty and Veronica); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman - The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Convergence: Superman - The Man of Steel); Matt Slay (The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo); Andy Smith (Earth 2); Matthew Dow Smith (X-Files Season 10); Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans); Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity Relativity); Marcio Takara (Armor Wars); Ben Templesmith (Gotham by Midnight); Mark Texeira (Ghost Racers); Frank Tieri (Suicide Squad); Peter Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Jeremy Treece (King: Mandrake the Magician); Billy Tucci (Shi); James Tynion (Constantine: The Hellblazer);  Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Charles Vess (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream); Mark Waid ( Daredevil ); John Watson (Red Sonja); Matt Wieringo ('Ringo Scholarship Fund); Rich Woodall (Kyrra); Kelly Yates (Doctor Who); Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friends Forever); and Mike Zeck (Secret Wars) .