Baltimore Comic-Con Welcomes Kids Love Comics Pavilion for 2012!

Baltimore Comic-Con offers interactive Kids Love Comics Pavilion with artists, how-to’s, capes, and a diner booth!

Kids 10 and under get in free with a ticketed adult at the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con on September 8-9 at the Baltimore Convention Center– and there will be a ton of kid-friendly comics, as well as the artists and writers who make them! Creators from such companies as Pixar, Archie, Scholastic, Disney, Simon & Schuster, Marvel, and DC will be on hand to sketch, help teach young ones about the magic of comics through mini-how to’s through the weekend, and to just say “hi,” right at the Kids Love Comics Pavilion!

Activities in this super cool section of the show include:

  • Interactive Comics Talks from some of All-Ages Comics top creators, such as Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), Franco (Tiny Titans), and Dan Parent (Archie)
  • Design your own super hero cape
  • Kids Comics Reading and Drawing Booth
  • Creator sketches and autographs

“The Baltimore Comic-Con has always been a welcoming, family-friendly show,” said John Gallagher, creator of the Buzzboy graphic novel series and organizer of the kids section, “so great that I bring my own family here every year.”

Here’s a rundown of the Kids Love Comics Pavilion creators:

This year’s confirmed guests for the show including:

  • Guest of Honor, Stan “The Man” Lee (Saturday only!)
  • Ken Bald (Golden Age Timely/Marvel artist)
  • Marty Baumann (Pixar artist)
  • Brian Bolland (Dial H, Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland)
  • Mark Buckingham (Fables, Doctor Who); Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn)
  • Tommy Castillo (Grimm Fairy Tales)
  • Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman)
  • Frank Cho (Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows)
  • Steve Conley (Bloop webcomic www.bloopstree.com)
  • Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre)
  • Lar deSouza (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do)
  • Dan Didio (O.M.A.C.)
  • Garth Ennis (The Shadow, Hellblazer, Preacher, The Boys)
  • Rich Faber (Roboy Red)
  • David Finch (Batman:  The Dark Knight)
  • John Gallagher (Buzzboy)
  • Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman)
  • Keith Giffen (Superman, O.M.A.C., Green Arrow)
  • Gene Ha (Justice League)
  • Larry Hama (G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam)
  • Cully Hamner (Action Comics)
  • Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City)
  • Jamal Igle (KISS, Supergirl, The Ray)
  • J.G. Jones (Wanted, Doc Savage)
  • Barry Kitson (Captain America, Iron Man, Fantastic Four)
  • Joe Kubert (Before Watchmen: Nightowl)
  • Scott Kurtz (PvPonline.com)
  • David Mack (Kabuki)
  • Ron Marz (Artifacts, Voodoo)
  • Bob McLeod (DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman)
  • Mark Morales (Avengers vs. X-Men)
  • Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western)
  • David Petersen (Mouse Guard)
  • Brian Pulido (Lady Death); Frank Quitely (All Star Superman, Batman & Robin)
  • John Romita, Jr. (Avengers Vs. X-Men)
  • Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge)
  • Stuart Sayger (Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night One-Shot)
  • Walter Simonson (Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers)
  • Ryan Sohmer (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do)
  • Scott Snyder (Batman, Severed, Swamp Thing)
  • Brian Stelfreeze (ICE)
  • Karl Story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9)
  • Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin)
  • Billy Tucci (A Child Is Born, Shi)
  • Matt Wagner (Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel)
  • Mark Waid (Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredeemable)
  • Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein)
  • Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).

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 websiteTwitter, and Facebook pages.

via Baltimore Comic Con Press Release

Get in Line Now! IDW Announces Comic-Con 2012 Exclusives!

Besides being America’s biggest comic convention, Comic-Con International: San Diego has become ground zero for publishers to premiere special, exclusive editions of their products to legions of dedicated fans. Without further ado, here are the offerings that will be available from IDW Publishing!

Some of the titles below will be available for pre-order from IDW’s Web store beginning June 22nd. Fans who preorder will be able to pick up their books from the IDW booth at Comic-Con.

A limited edition of the hotly anticipated Daredevil: Born Again Artist’s Edition will be on hand. Packaged in a deluxe slipcase, signed, numbered, and featuring a variant cover of David Mazzucchelli’s historic artwork, this edition will be limited to 250 copies and priced at $200. It will be available for pre-order from IDW’s Web store.

Speaking of Artist’s Editions, an exclusive version of Sergio Aragonés’ Groo The Wanderer: Artist’s Edition will be premiered at Comic-Con as well! Signed, numbered, and limited to 250 copies, this edition will feature a variant cover and be priced at $150. This title will be available for pre-order from IDW’s Web store.

Continuing the late creator’s legendary legacy, IDW will have an exclusive edition of Dave Stevens: Covers and Stories on hand. The convention-exclusive edition will have a variant cover, limited to 250 copies, of which only 100 will be available at Comic-Con, priced at $60, only available at the IDW booth!

A special convention-exclusive edition of Parker: The Score by Darwyn Cooke will also be available, featuring a variant dust jacket and numbered signature plate that is signed and numbered by Darwyn! This edition is limited to just 175 copies, priced at $60, and will only be available at IDW’s booth.

For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans, IDW has a special surprise! For this convention only, IDW is producing a very special set of TMNT Ultimate Collection Volumes 1-3 Deluxe Slipcase. The three volumes will come in a deluxe, full-color slipcase. Priced at $200, there will only be 40 of the black-and-white-cover convention-exclusive editions! These sets will be available for preorder through IDW’s Web store.

An exclusive hardcover edition of Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks will be available as well. This full-color hardcover will be priced at $30 and limited to 300 copies available only at IDW’s booth.

For the hardcore LOCKE & KEY fans, IDW will also have limited quantities of new, high-quality pewter key replicas! 200 “Legacy Edition” OMEGA KEYS and GHOST KEYS and 50 copies of the WHISPERING IRON will be available for $25 each, only at IDW’s booth.

Ashley Wood and his incredible robotic concern ThreeA will be a part of IDW’s booth with exclusives in tow! Ash and company will be bringing along the first-ever ZOMB toy, a zombified departure from his famous robots, but in his inimitable style! The ZOMB toy will be blind-boxed, meaning which ZOMB is in the box is a mystery! The ZOMBS will be priced at $100, limited to 250 pieces, and available for pre-order through the exclusive ZOMB pre-order site!

In conjunction with Ash’s presence in the IDW booth, two deluxe hardcover collections will be available as well! Limited to 500 copies each and priced at $75 and $50 respectively, the complete LORE and ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTS will be available for pre-order through IDW’s Web store.

Joe Jusko fans, pay attention! A special convention-exclusive variant edition of THE ART OF JOE JUSKO will be available at the IDW booth! Limited to just 100 copies and signed and numbered with a variant cover, this edition will be priced at $100 and only available at the show.

Fans of powerhouse creator Amanda Conner can also rejoice, as there will be an exclusive variant edition of THE ART OF AMANDA CONNER priced at $60 and available for pre-order from IDW’s Web store. Additionally, Amanda will be signing at the IDW booth throughout the show! It’s a perfect opportunity for fans to get their new exclusive book signed.

For the many sketch-seekers at Comic-Con, this year IDW will have their very own branded sketchbooks! Priced at $20, these hardcover books are full of high-quality art paper that fans will treasure for years once they’ve been filled with drawings by their favorite artists. Additionally, each fan that purchases a sketchbook will be entered to win a mystery sketchbook with a selection of drawings from several of the artists that will be at the IDW booth during the show!

IDW will also be bringing along some exclusive single-issue comics priced at $5 each:

  • TMNT #11 will be available with a full-color cover by TMNT creator Kevin Eastman!
  • THE CROW #1 will be available with an eye-catching exclusive cover by series artist Kevin Colden!
  • THE CAPE: 1969 #1 will be available with an exclusive variant by series artist Nelson Daniel!
  • LOVE AND CAPES: WHAT TO EXPECT #1 will be available with an exclusive variant cover by series mastermind Thom Zahler!
  • G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #180 will be on hand with a special variant cover featuring Vietnam-era Snake Eyes!

In addition to the surprises in store for fans at IDW’s many convention panels, these exclusives should go a long way toward cementing another excellent year at San Diego Comic-Con in IDW’s history!

  • THE ART OF AMANDA CONNER (VARIANT)- $60
  • THE ART OF JOE JUSKO (VARIANT)- $100
  • DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN ARTIST’S EDITION – $200 – Available for pre-order
  • DAVE STEVENS: COVERS AND STORIES (VARIANT) – $60
  • G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #180 (VARIANT)- $5
  • IDW SKETCHBOOK- $20
  • LOCKE & KEY VOLUME 5: CLOCKWORKSHC – $30
  • LOCKE & KEY: OMEGA, GHOST, and WHISPERING IRON KEYS- $25
  • THE COMPLETE LORE HC- $75
  • LOVE AND CAPES: WHAT TO EXPECT #1 (VARIANT)- $5
  • PARKER: THE SCORE (VARIANT)- $60
  • SERGIO ARAGONÉS’ GROO THE WANDERER: ARTIST’S EDITION – $150 – Available for pre-order
  • TMNT #11 (VARIANT)- $5
  • TMNT ULTIMATE COLLECTIONS 1-3 Set- $200 – Available for pre-order
  • THE CROW #1 (VARIANT)- $5
  • THE CAPE: 1969 #1 (VARIANT)- $5
  • ZOMB Toy by ASHLEY WOOD- $100 – Available for pre-order
  • THE COMPLETE ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTS HC – $50

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books. IDW can also be found at http://www.facebook.com/#!/idwpublishing and http://tumblr.idwpublishing.com/ and on Twitter at @idwpublishing.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, and Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, while Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

via IDW Press Release

More Guests are Added to Baltimore Comic-Con and a Return to North Virginia

The Baltimore Comic-Con continues working to establish an amazing guest list, and is proud to announce the addition of even more guests!

In addition to previously announced guests, the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con, to be held September 8th and 9th at the Baltimore Convention Center, will feature comic superstars Tommy Castillo (Grimm Fairy Tales), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre), Dan Didio (O.M.A.C.), David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), Gene Ha (Justice League), Cully Hamner (Action Comics), Bob McLeod (DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman), Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western), Brian Pulido (Lady Death), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Stuart Sayger (Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night One-Shot), Brian Stelfreeze (ICE), Karl Story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9), and Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin).

Guest List

The 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con will feature the following previously announced guests:

  • Laura & Michael Allred – Madman, iZombie
  • Greg Capullo – Batman, Spawn
  • Frank Cho – Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows
  • Steve Conley – Bloop
  • Rich Faber – Roboy Red
  • John Gallagher – Buzzboy
  • Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman
  • Keith Giffen – Superman, OMAC, Green Arrow
  • Larry Hama – G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam
  • Dean Haspiel – Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City
  • J.G. Jones – Wanted, Doc Savage
  • Scott Kurtz – PvPonline.com
  • David Mack – Kabuki
  • Ron Marz – Artifacts, Voodoo
  • David Petersen – Mouse Guard
  • Frank Quitely – All Star Superman, Batman & Robin
  • Walter Simonson – Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers
  • Scott Snyder – Batman , Severed, Swamp Thing
  • Billy Tucci – A Child Is Born, Shi
  • Matt Wagner – Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel
  • Mark Waid – Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredemable

…With more on the way! Stay tuned to our website or use the “Sign up” link at the bottom of our website to receive update announcements as we make them!

Baltimore Comic-Con Road Show Continues
Continuing his 2012 road show, this weekend, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter Marc Nathan brings the Baltimore Comic-Con back to his neighbors to the south — Northern Virginia! Marc will be attending the Shoff Baseball & Sports Card Shows & Comic Book & Nonsports Card Show this Sunday, March 11th. Stop by to chat with Marc about the show, and pick up some comics and cards while you’re there! Marc will also have Exhibitor and Artist Alley forms for this years convention on September 8th and 9th.

For more information about Shoff show, please go to their website, http://shoffpromotions.com. The March 11th event will be held at the Tysons Corner, VA Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn), 1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22102 from 10am-3:30pm, and admission is only $3/person. Be sure to stop by!

Contact Information
Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:
press@baltimorecomiccon.com – for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution
promoter@baltimorecomiccon.com – for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications
registrar@baltimorecomiccon.com – for inquiries about submitted registrations
harveys@baltimorecomiccon.com – for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet
general@baltimorecomiccon.com – for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 13th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 7 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

Baltimore Comic-Con Welcomes Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Billy Tucci!

The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to welcome Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Billy Tucci to the still-growing line-up of talent for this year’s show. The show will be taking place the weekend of August 20-21, 2011 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Jimmy Palmiotti, who will be continuing to write Jonah Hex in the “New 52″ title All-Star Western, is one of the most prolific writers in comics today. In addition to his work at DC, including Jonah Hex and Freedom Fighters, Palmiotti’s recent work includes a 48-page one-shot from Image Comics called Trailblazer, which hit stores last month. Currently, he is writing the Flashpoint tie-in miniseries, Deathstroke and the Curse of the Ravager.

Fan-favorite artist Amanda Conner returns to Baltimore and brings the charm to “Charm City.” Conner’s most recent work includes a 12-issue run on Power Girl, as well as covers for Zatanna and the Jimmy Olsen one-shot from DC Comics. She is also the co-founder of Paperfilms, Inc., a creative services studio, along with Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Grey.

Founder of Crusade Fine Arts, Billy Tucci is most widely known for his creator-owned work on Shi. Both a writer and an artist, he has worked for nearly every major publisher including Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and IDW. Most recently, Tucci finished a series of limited edition Shi prints for Breast Cancer Awareness benefitting the Judi Shesh Memorial Foundation, as well as the cover and interior art for DC’s Birds of Prey #14-15.

“We’re very excited to have Jimmy, Amanda, and Billy back in Baltimore for another year,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Each of them has had a lasting impact on comics over the last few years and it’s always a pleasure to have them at the show.”

Third Annual Costume Contest at the Baltimore Comic-Con – UPDATED
The 3rd Annual Costume Contest will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 3:00 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! For more information and a complete list of catagories, visit our website’s Costume Contest page.

Attending the Baltimore Comic-Con? Show your support online!
Simply change your social network (Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc.) avatar pictures to the “See You in Baltimore!” image and let the world know you’re attending the show!

In 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 at our website, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace pages.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 21st.

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com.
About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 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 http://www.harveyawards.org.
via Baltimore Comic-Con Press Release