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

Hero Initiative At Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) and Bowling to Raise Money with Special Guests!

Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic creators in medical and financial need is heading to Emerald City Comic Con March 30 through April 1 in Seattle, Wash. at the Washington State Convention Center. We have many special guests, and we are going BOWLING!

That’s right! We’re bowling to raise money for our cause on Friday March 30 at 8pm! There are 24 spots to bowl with a special guest including Jim Valentino, Francis Manapul, Barry Kitson, Tony Parker and more at Garage Billiards at 1130 Broadway in downtown Seattle! (http://www.garagebilliards.com) For $40 you get 2 games with a special guest, shoe rental, a drink ticket and five raffle tickets to win a bowling pin designed by artists such as Joe Linsner or Matt Wagner!

You never know who will show up! Go to http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290689940957 to secure your spot!

And if you don’t want to bowl, come and have some fun! The custom bowling pins can be won by ANYONE who shows up! Raffle tickets are $5 each, and tickets will be sold all day Friday at booth number #807 and all evening at the event. Winners MUST BE present.

And of course our special guests at the booth will be signing and sketching for us. Check it out!

Friday, March 30 (hours 2-8)

  • 2:00-3:00 – Keu Cha
  • 3:00-4:00 – Scott Morse
  • 4:00-5:00 – Mike Oeming
  • 5:00-7:00 – Bill Willingham

Saturday, March 31 (hours 10-7)

  • 12:30-:130 – Jim Valentino
  • 1:30-2:30 – Adi Granov
  • 4:30-6:30 – Chrissie Zullo

Sunday, April 1 (hours 10-5)

  • 10:30-11:30 – Steve Lieber
  • 11:30-12:30 – Matt Fraction
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
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Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.
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via Hero Initiative Press Release

F.A.C.T.S is Proud to Announce Its Full Line-Up

F.A.C.T.S is proud to announce its full line-up, with most recent the addition of “The Incredible Hulk” Lou Ferrigno as well as Adi Granov, comic-artist famous for his involvement in the Iron Man movies!

“We have been trying to get THE HULK to FACTS for years now and finally the stars and planets are perfectly aligned. Lou Ferrigno is a personal hero and whenever I put on a jeans jacket, I think of that amazing TV-series”, said Emmanuel van Melkebeke, F.A.C.T.S. Convention Director, with a disheartening honesty…

Also to have Adi Granov join the guest line-up is a thrill in itself. Adi has played a fundamental role in designing the Iron Man outfit as well as his allies and adversaries in the Iron Man movies. A Marvel exclusive artist with a major impact in both the comic as well as the movie business!

“I adore his covers to Iron Man as much as any normal FACTS-visitor would, but do not forget his Captain America and Thor coverwork as well”, commented to Emmanuel van Melkebeke.

These latest additions might not be the last even, but for now F.A.C.T.S. has a strong line-up!

F.A.C.T.S. actors:

  • Charisma Carpenter: Buffy, Angel, Charmed
  • Torri Higginsoon: Tekwar, Stargate Atlantis
  • Sherilynn Fenn: Twin Peaks
  • Dirk Benedict: Battlestar Galactica, The A-Team
  • Julian Glover: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Game of Thrones

F.A.C.T.S. artists:

  • Keu Cha: Witchblade, Rising Stars, HEX
  • Barry Kitson: Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Legion of Super-Heroes
  • Aleksi Briclot: Merlin, Spawn, Wizard of the Coast
  • Aleksa Gajic: “Technotise – Edit and I” animation, Scourge Of The Gods
  • Clint Langley: Slaine, 2000AD
  • Minck Oosterveer: Nicky Saxx, Ruse, The Unknown
  • Romano Molenaar: The Darkness, Storm, Lady Death
  • Adrien Floch: Lanfeust of Troy, Ythaq
  • Adam Devreux: Game Over
  • Lectrr: Belgian cartoonist

F.A.C.T.S Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the Benelux, presenting guests and programming to cater for the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, TV, and gaming industries.

Entering its 21th edition, F.A.C.T.S. is expected to draw over 16,000+ attendees to its October 22-23, 2011 convention held at the Gent Flanders Expo Convention Center located in Gent, Belgium.

The show will sport 12,000 square metres and will host dealers of toys, comics, movie merchandise, fantasy merchandise, manga and will see 400+ cosplayers and an entire fanvillage, as well as loads of surprises, brighten up the already amazing venue!

For more information, please go to http://www.facts.be