Monday, September 1, 2014

MST3K’s Joel Hodgson will host BCC Costume Contest

from the official press release . . . .

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 29, 2014 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is proud to welcome Joel Hodgson, creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000, as the host of the Baltimore Comic-Con/StylinOnline.com Costume Contest!  Hodgson will also be joined onstage by comedian Matt McGinnis.

Joel Hodgson is best known for creating the Peabody Award-winning movie-riffing sci-fi series Mystery Science Theater 3000.  He was also the host of the series for the first 100 episodes.  Joel started out in show business as a stand-up comedian and appeared on HBO's Young Comedians Special as well as the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS and NBC's Saturday Night Live.  Joel currently does the voice of "Mayor Dewey" on Cartoon Network's Steven Universe. Joel recently completed six years of touring with the original cast of MST3K in Cinematic Titanic.

In addition to the hosting the costume contest, Hodgson will also have a Spotlight Panel Saturday from 11:00-12:00 in the Ballroom.  He will be at the Baltimore Comic-Con all three days, signing autographs and taking photos with fans.

"We are very happy to have Joel Hodgson join us in Baltimore," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con.  "Mystery Science Theater 3000 has entertained thousands of viewers and has become a huge part of popular culture.  MST3K fans are sure to be excited by this news."

The Baltimore Comic-Con/StylinOnline.com Costume Contest is on Sunday, September 7th, beginning at 1:00pm.

The Baltimore Comic-Con will be held Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center, which is located immediately across the street from the historic Camden Yards sports complex (which includes Oriole Park and Geppi's Entertainment Museum).  Tickets, a full guest roster, and additional information is available on the convention's website

BCC still adding guests: Castillo, Manley, Montclare, Reeder

From the official press release . . . . .

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - September 1, 2014 - The Baltimore Comic-Con, taking place this Friday-Sunday, September 5-7, 2014 at the Baltimore Convention Center, is still not done announcing guests!  Yes, we can't believe it either!  We are happy to announce the additions of Tommy Castillo, Mike Manley, Brandon Montclare, and Amy Reeder.

Tommy Castillo has been lending pencils and paints to the comics, gaming, and entertainment fields for many years now.  His artwork has graced the pages of such titles as DC Comics' Detective Comics, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, and Toe Tags, Devil's Due's Evil Ernie, and Zenoscope Entertainment's Grimm Fairy Tales.  He has lately been seen working on the Kickstarter-funded adaptation of 100 Days of Death and has taught drawing workshops in Orlando, FL. You can find him in Booth #A42-A43.

Originally from Detroit, MI, Mike Manley has taken his skill as an artist and established a diverse career for himself.  He has worked for major comic book publishers like Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse . He has worked in animation, both storyboarding and working on production art.  He launched his own publishing outlet in Action Planet where his character Monsterman saw print, and later ActionPlanet.com where you could find his award-winning webcomic, G.I.R.L. Patrol.  He is the founder and editor of Draw! Magazine from TwoMorrows Publishing, an Eisner-nominated publication with practical articles on art creation.  He has taught at numerous institutions' art programs, including Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.  Lately, you can see his art in the syndicated comic strip Judge Parker and you can find him at the show in the Kids Love Comics Pavilion, Booth #3000.

Brandon Montclare got his start in the comics industry editing books at TokyoPop.  While there, he also penned Private School before moving on to an editorial role at DC Comics' Vertigo imprint.  He later went on to work with one of the artists under his editorial purview at Vertigo, Amy Reeder, on a Kickstarter-funded one-shot, Halloween Eve, which was published by Image Comics. Leveraging Kickstarter again as a successful approach to comics creation, he again teamed with Reeder on Rocket Girl, an ongoing creator-owned series that launched and is currently published through Image Comics.

The Eisner Award-nominated Amy Reeder initially caught the attention of the comics industry in TokyoPop's Rising Stars of Manga competition, eventually writing and illustrating the publisher's Fool's Gold title. Moving over to more mainstream comics, Reeder worked on DC Comics' Vertigo imprint, providing art duties on Madame Xanadu.  This led to even higher profile work with DC proper on the title Batwoman, as well as variant covers for Supergirl.  You can find her art gracing the pages and covers of Marvel Comics' Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man, Image Comics' Rocket Girl, Dynamite Entertainment's Red Sonja, and Valiant Comics' Harbinger.  Amy at the show in Booth #421.

"We're now less than a week away from the show's start, and we're still announcing new guests!" said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con.  "We're thrilled to add these three fantastic artists and one writer, Mike and Tommy returning once again to our little show and Brandon and Amy for their first show in Baltimore. You won't want to miss them!"

The Baltimore Comic-Con will be held Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center, which is located immediately across the street from the historic Camden Yards sports complex (which includes Oriole Park and Geppi's Entertainment Museum).  Tickets, a full guest roster, and additional information is available on the convention's website

This year's previously confirmed guests for the show include: James Asmus (Quantum & Woody); Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Marguerite Bennett (Batgirl); Christina Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Tom Brevoort (AXIS); Harold Buchholz (Archie Comics); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Dave Bullock (Batman Black and White); Jim Calafiore (Leaving Megalapolis); Frank Cammuso (Otto's Backwards Day); Darrenn Canton (Tunnels & Trolls); Greg Capullo (Batman); Richard Case (Sandman); John Cassaday (Doc Savage); Bernard Chang (Green Lantern Corps); Jo Chen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer); Sean Chen (Amazing Spider-Man); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (X-Men:  Battle of the Atom); Amy Chu (Girls Night Out); Richard Clark (House of Gold & Bones); Wook-Jin Clark (Adventure Time: The Flip Side); Steve Conley (Bloop); Jamie Cosley (Cody the Cavalier); Tyler Cosley (AlakaZach); Mike Curtis (Dick Tracy); Jeremy Dale (Skyward); Alan Davis (Wolverine); Todd Dezago (Tellos); Dan Didio (Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger: Futures End); Tommy Lee Edwards (Star Wars); Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys); Ray Fawkes (Constantine); Tom Feister (G.I. Joe); David Finch (Forever Evil); Franco (Aw Yeah Comics!); Jay Fosgitt (Bodie Troll); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Katie Gallagher (Zoey and Ketchup): SL Gallant (GI JOE); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (All-Star Western); Gerhard (Cerebus the Aardvark); Chris Giarrusso (G-Man); Dave Gibbons (Watchmen); Bryan JL Glass (Mice Templar); Michael Golden (The Ravagers); Jimmy Gownley (The Dumbest Idea Ever!); Allan Gross (Road Song); Cully Hamner (Animal Man); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl); Josh Hechinger (The Grave Doug Freshly); Fred Hembeck (Garfield); Marc Hempel (Sandman: The Kindly Ones); Travis Hill (Adventure Time); Andy Hirsch (Regular Show); Joel Hodgson (MST3K); Jason Horn (Ninjasaur); Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan); Jamal Igle (Molly Danger); Laura Innes (The Dreamer); Justin Jordan (Luther Strode, Green Lantern: New Guardians); Dan Jurgens (The New 52: Future's End); Collin Kelly (Hacktivist); Chris Kemple (Red Vengeance); Denis Kitchen (Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary); Barry Kitson (Empire); Aaron Kuder (Action Comics); Jackson Lanzing (Hacktivist); Norman Lee (Iron Man Special); Paul Levitz (World's Finest); Kevin Maguire (Guardians of the Galaxy); Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space); Alex Maleev (Moon Knight); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Billy Martin (Vitriol, The Hunter); Laura Martin (Uncanny Avengers); Ron Marz (Witchblade); Peter Mayhew (Star Wars' Chewbacca); Mark McKenna (Banana Tail); Mike McKone (Ultimate FF); Bob McLeod (X-Men: Gold); Pop Mhan (All-New X-Factor); Al Milgrom (Marvel Fanfare); Tradd Moore (Deadpool Annual); Mark Morales (New Avengers); Michael Alan Nelson (Day Men); Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground); Chris O>Matic (The Chris O>Matic Show!); Denny O'Neil (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight); Chris Otto (A Dog's Life); Dan Parent (Archie, Veronica, Kevin Keller); Missy Pena (Bee and Puppycat); Andrew Pepoy (Life with Archie); George Perez (George Perez's Sirens); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Khoi Pham (Mighty Avengers); Cary Pietsch (Bravest Warriors); Joe Prado (Justice League); Brian Pulido (Lady Death); Ron Randall (Trekker in Dark Horse Presents); Tom Raney (Incredible Hulk); Brian Reber (Unity); Ivan Reis (Aquaman and The Others); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Craig Rousseau (Perhapanauts); Joe Rubinstein (The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe); Andy Runton (Owly); Alex Saviuk (Web of Spider-Man); Gregg Schigiel (Spongebob Squarepants Comics); Jeff Schultz (Archie Comics); Louise Simonson (Power Pack); Walter Simonson (Thor); Andy Smith (Superman #23.1: Bizarro); Allison Sohn (sketch card artist); Charles Soule (Thunderbolts); Mark Sparacio (Omega Paradox); Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity Revelation); Joe Staton (Dick Tracy); Brian Stelfreeze (Day Men); Jeff Stokely (Six-Gun Gorilla); Paul D. Storrie (Sheena, Queen of the Jungle); Karl Story (Serenity: Leaves of the Wind); Vivek J. Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story); Ben Taylor (A Dog's Life); Robert Tinnell (The Wicked West); Peter Tomasi (Batman and Two-Face); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Herb Trimpe (GI Joe:  A Real American Hero); Billy Tucci (Shi); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); James Tynion IV (The Woods); Mike Vosburg (Lori Lovecraft); Brennan Wagner (The Shadow: Year One); Matt Wagner (Grendel); Mark Waid (Daredevil); Lee Weeks (Daredevil); Mark Wheatley (Frankenstein Mobster); Bill Willingham (Fables); Renee Witterstaetter (Joe Jusko: Maelstrom); Mike Wolfer (Friday the 13th); Rich Woodall (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); Kelly Yates (Amber Atoms); Thom Zahler (My Little Pony); and Mike Zeck (Secret Wars).

Regrettably, Frank Barbiere, Eddy Barrows, Jimmy Cheung, Rachel Deering, Agnes Garbowska, Keith Giffen, and David Mack have had to cancel.  We look forward to seeing their return to the show in the future.

Pre–BCC Activity: Meet Bill Willingham on September 04

Going to the Baltimore Comic Con for the three day show beginning Friday, September 05?  Prepare yourself for the excitement to come by attending this mini-activity going down at Captain Blue Hen Comics in Newark, DE this Thursday evening.

Can’t make it to the Baltimore show?  Then here’s your chance to experience some of the convention excitement and celebrity fever in a smaller dose at a relatively bargain price - - FREE!! 

  For those unfamiliar with Bill Willingham, he is best known for his work on FABLES for DC/Vertigo, a long-running series about fairy-tale characters living amongst humans that has won several awards, including the 2003 Eisner Award for best serialized story and best new series.  Sometime ago it was announced that FABLES would be coming to a conclusion. Currently, Willingham also just completed a seven-part mini-series for Dynamite called LEGENDERRY, featuring licensed characters in a steampunk setting. 

    Willingham actually got his start as a staff artist, doing illustrations for TSR, Inc in their Dungeons And Dragons role-playing game manuals.  His first comics work to get attention was the ELEMENTALS series for Comico in the 1980s. He became a writer for DC Comics in the early 2000s.  His other notable works include a stint on the ROBIN series from 2004 through 2006, and a storyline for ANGEL at IDW. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Buried Treasure: worthwhile team-up of Jamie Delano and Richard Case

 

GHOSTDANCING #1-6  (DC Vertigo 1995)  Jamie Delano, writer.  Richard Case, artist.  Danny Vozzo, colorist.  Todd Klein, letterer.

If while hunting through the bargain bins at your local comics store or comic con you happen to come across this series, grab it for one of the better reads of 1995 and some good middle period work from writer Jamie Delano. Delano made his mark upon the mature comics template with the first forty issues of HELLBLAZER and has continued to impress.  Richard Case was also a key illustrator of Vertigo books in the 1990’s and sadly, has left the comics field since 2000 for computer work.

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GHOSTDANCING is a six-issue mini-series focused on efforts to prevent and efforts to cause  (from two opposing parties) an apocalypse.  Unlike most stories of this nature, this particular apocalypse would be beneficial to the human race and create a state of harmony, a union of humans with nature. If there are any flaws in the story, attribute them to an over-optimistic outlook where evil is truly evil and good is truly noble.  There are no shades of gray.  However, it’s a well-told tale and worth your time.  The artwork by Case is dynamic and helps to move the story along in vivid detail.

GHOSTDANCING has several flashback scenes, going back to 1967 and the Summer of Love (an extremely optimistic time, for those who remember) and jumping forward to present day (exact dates undefined) society.  A psychedelic drug, called  Ghostdancing, was a gift of the elder gods to the human race, and users only needed one small dose to open the doorway between the Fourth World (present reality) and the Fifth World (harmony with nature).  The gods (based on Native American and Hopi Indian mythology) almost succeeded.  However, the secret society that controls the world managed to halt the revolution and suppress the transition for decades right up to the present time, where a new attempt is made. GHOSTDANCING touches on themes of spirituality and environmental awareness.

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The conflict is best described by the leader of the evil conglomerate (the Mammonites)  as he muses on the present state of affairs:  “How could this situation have caught them so totally unaware?  How could this mish-mash of primitive mythology and religion be threatening 500 years of Mammonite control? “

“It’s no use.  No matter how many times the director reviews the evidence, that chilly hand of dread will not relax the fist it has clenched in his bowel.”

“Since the beginning of the adventure, since the first European colonies had called this ancient land ‘home’, there had been dichotomy.  Some had come for freedom, and others for wealth.”

“As the colonization spread westward across the deranged continental wilderness, the Mammonites ensured that the mundane world of commerce and economic gain suppressed or corrupted the native philosophy of sacred coexistence with the land.”

“There had been setbacks:  renegade philosophies, upswellings of mysticism, primitivist movements.  But these had been isolated and ignored, ruthless destroyed, or carefully subverted.”

“The Mammonites have rarely even raised a sweat.  They have sat in their secret cities, safe and pure behind quarantine zones of desert wilderness, reaching out into the seething society that sustains them, swatting threats like flies.”

“But now those flies are multiplying exponentially, becoming a buzzing plague of unreason, a riot of liberating insanity that is smashing the perfect machinery engineered by those before him.”

Delano certainly has a convincing way with words.  The hero, dubbed Snotboy (the story explains why), reawakens under the guidance of Coyote Old Man and White Buffalo Woman (newly revived gods) and sets out to bring about a new age of enlightenment.  (Takes me back to my own optimistic youthful days!)  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sunday Programming Announced for Baltimore Comic Con 2014

BCC 2014 Sunday Programming Features Marvel Boot Camp, Spotlights Mayhew, Hughes, Sohn!
Annual Costume Contest Features $2,000 Grand Prize!




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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 28, 2014 - Join the Baltimore Comic-Con at the Baltimore Convention Center on September 5th, 6th, and 7th for our 15th annual show! You've been demanding it so here's the final piece of the puzzle -- the Sunday 2014 Baltimore Comic-Con panel schedule, including all of the Kids Love Comics panels! The big event of the day is the Costume Contest, but there's lots more!

Peter Mayhew, who plays the Wookiee Chewbacca, joins us for a very special spotlight panel. You can also learn what art inspires Adam Hughes and Allison Sohn in a spotlight panel.



Ever want to get into comics? Then make sure you get to the Marvel Boot Camp panel, as Marvel's SVP-Executive Editor Tom Brevoort shares with the public the training indoctrination lecture he gives to the Marvel editorial staff. This is a ticketed panel with all proceeds going to the Hero Initiative. Tickets will be available at the Hero Initiative Booth #1601 for $10.

Creators take a look at a fan-favorite character in A Wolverine Celebration on the eve of Logan's demise in The Death of Wolverine.

Take a look at the complete listings for all the Sunday panel goodness!

Sunday
Room 345-346
11:00-1:00 - Marvel Boot Camp
To benefit the Hero Initiative, this special ticketed seminar takes you behind the scenes into the inner philosophy of Marvel Publishing, as SVP-Executive Editor Tom Brevoort shares with the public the training indoctrination lecture he gives to the Marvel editorial staff. Revealing how Marvel editors think about the business of storytelling as well as inside secrets and tricks-of-the-trade, this lecture will be followed up, as time permits, with an open Q&A in which attendees can probe Tom's mind on any and all questions relating to finding a career in the industry. And the proceeds all go to an excellent cause! Tickets will be available throughout the show at the Hero Initiative Booth #1601 for $10.

1:00-2:00 - Portfolio Review
What exactly is a portfolio review? What should you prepare? Find out here as Dave Bullock, Craig Rousseau, and Chris Kemple talk about portfolio reviews. Plus, the panelists will do as many portfolio reviews as time allows.

Room 347-348
11:00-12:00 - Comic Book Diner: Building Worlds in Comic Storytelling
The Comic Book Diner booth mates John Gallagher, Jamar Nicholas, and Mark Mariano are joined by David Petersen of Mouse Guard. Together, they'll discuss how world-building deepens the story and enriches your comic's setting.

12:00-1:00 - Kickstarting Your Comic Dreams
Thinking of doing a Kickstarter to fund your project? Here's your chance to get insights on running a successful campaign from beginning to end. Learn the critical things you need to do before, during, and after running your Kickstarter, and tips and tricks to not only improve your odds of success, but also making your life easier in the process!

2:00-3:00 - Mort Weisinger and the Witch of Metropolis
Appearing in Action Comics #1, along with Superman, was reporter Lois Lane. She and the Man of Steel have appeared in thousands of comics since their debut in 1938. In almost all of her media incarnations, she is known for being a determined reporter and Superman's main love interest. However, her personality has varied radically over time, depending on her writers and the cultural mores of the era which were changing dramatically during the 1950s and 1960s. At a time in pop culture when the Superman comic books reached millions, editor Mort Weisinger, who oversaw the adventures of the Superman books, imprinted his moral and social views on children worldwide. Weisinger, known to dictate most of the stories and all of the themes to his writers for nearly twenty years, used Lois Lane as a vehicle to express his own often-disturbing personal anxieties and fears about women, love, and the budding feminist movement. In this presentation, we will examine Weisinger's personal life and the culture of his time to discuss how these attitudes were expressed in the comic books, artifacts which can be used to study gender both diachronically and synchronically.

Room 339-342
11:00-12:00 - A Conversation with Paul Levitz
Paul Levitz is a comic fan (The Comic Reader), editor (Batman), executive (decades at DC, ending as President & Publisher), historian (75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking), educator (The American Graphic Novel at Columbia University), and serves on the boards of BOOM! Studios and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Join Mark Waid for a lively Q&A about his multi-faceted career.

12:00-1:00 - Funny Animals Panel
Call them funny animals. Call them anthropomorphic. Either way, they're humanized animals and they've been popular in stories for centuries for young and old alike. Creators Mark Buckingham (Fables), Steve Conley (Bloop), Steve Leialoha (Howard the Duck, Fables), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), and Andy Runton (Owly) talk about their work with funny animals in comics.

1:00-2:00 - Dynamite Pulps!
The Shadow, Doc Savage, The Avenger, and The Green Hornet: iconic heroes just as explosive now as they were during the '30s and '40s. Join writers Mark Waid (Green Hornet) and Michael Uslan (Justice Inc.) for an exciting look at the new age of Pulps. Find out what secrets are store for these classic crime fighters as Dynamite continues to pull out all the stops, and keep an eye out for surprise guests!

2:00-3:00 - A Wolverine Celebration
This month sees The Death of Wolverine. What better time to look back and celebrate this fan-favorite character? Join creators Herb Trimpe, Charles Soule, Joe Rubinstein, Frank Cho, and moderator Tom Brevoort as they look at Wolverine's legacy.

Room 349-350
11:00-12:00 - Creating Colorful And Meaningful Characters For Your Comics & Novels
This panel will focus on the creation of ethnically diverse characters for people who write and illustrate. Moderated by Eric Cooper.

12:00-1:00 - CBLDF: Protecting The Kids' Right to Read
Kids have rights too! As more outstanding comics for younger readers are published each year, the number of readers flocking to them is growing. But so are the challenges, evidenced by Bone and Captain Underpants showing up on the Top 10 Most Banned & Challenged Books list of 2013. So, what do creators and educators do to balance respecting the intelligence of young readers and the concerns of parents and community members? How do we protect kids and their rights at the same time? Jimmy Gownley and Meryl Jaffe, author of CBLDF's Raising A Reader: How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read discuss in this panel moderated by CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein.

1:00-2:00 - Breaking In and Staying In the Business
Candid observations and advice from writers and artists at different stages in their career. Featuring: Marguerite Bennett (DC/Marvel/BOOM! Studios/IDW), Amy Chu (DC/Vertigo), Laura Martin (Marvel/DC), Louise Simonson (DC/Marvel), and Vivek J. Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle - Dark Horse Comics).

2:00-3:00 - Adam Hughes & Allison Sohn
The work of Adam Hughes and Allison Sohn has inspired many fans, but what inspires them? Join them for a conversation with artist and chair of MICA's Illustration Department Jose Villarrubia as they take a look at art they like.

Ballroom
12:00-1:00 - Peter Mayhew Spotlight
Peter Mayhew is known by fans the world over for his portrayal of Chewbacca, the Wookiee co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon, in Star Wars, The Empire Strike Back, Return of the Jedi, and more, including the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII. Join us for this special look at the life and career of Mr. Mayhew.

1:00-4:00 - Costume Contest
The fun begins at 1:00 pm! With $2,000 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. Registration is at Booth #1111.

KIDS LOVE COMICS 2014 PROGRAMMING
All programs take place at the Workshop Area at the Kids Love Comics Pavilion

11:00-12:00 - Alien Art with Dawn Griffin
In Dawn Griffin's popular webcomic, Zorphbert & Fred, two aliens disguise themselves as dogs to experience life on earth. In this workshop, you'll meet Dawn, learn how she creates her comic, and draw your own wacky alien!

12:00-1:00 - The Zany Faces of SpongeBob SquarePants with Gregg Schigiel
Learn how to draw SpongeBob SquarePants from the man who draws the SpongeBob comics! Gregg Schigiel gives young cartoonists an inside look on creating the many expressions of everyone's favorite sponge!

1:00-2:00 - Doodle! Scribble! Draw! Hosted by Mark Mariano
Jason Horn & Lora Innes VS. Ben Caldwell & Frank Cammuso
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?

2:00-3:00 - Superhero Factory: Cape and Mask Making
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! PLUS, the best way to protect your secret identity is to make and wear your own superhero mask!

3:00-4:00 - The Imagination Aquarium with Jamar Nicholas
Ever find yourself stuck for cartoon ideas? Put on your wet-suit and dive into the IMAGINATION AQUARIUM, where cartoonist Jamar Nicholas will help you catch ideas in your net and create awesome cartoons!

4:00-5:00 - Groove Is In The Art with Mark Mariano and Chris O>Matic
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, or invoke childhood memories, but what kind of drawings will it inspire? YOU can draw along side a bunch of guest artists with DJ Chris O>Matic spinning the tunes.

TICKETS
General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are now on sale! Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets now!

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.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Support INDIE COMICS at Baltimore Comic Con !

 EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an opinion piece. To read a review, just scroll over to the Archives at the right of this column and you will find what you are looking for. By the way - - thanks for visiting our humble little blog site.

With an ever expanding presence and easy accessibility through comic stores, digital copies, e-books and often free websites a true devotee of this beloved original American art form called comics should sample as much of the medium as they can. Why limit yourself to only a few publishers or just one genre of comics? (Super-heroes comes to mind first, of course.) There is such a breadth of material across various genres, and so easy to obtain. To one and all: come and sample at the Horn of Plenty!  Explore and find more!

With just a little exploration, you will be astounded at the number of choices and the variety of material. In fact, it’s not hard to become overwhelmed after just a little bit of research. However, there is an immediate solution available. I cannot think of a better gathering place to sample and learn about independent comics offering than at a comic convention.

There is no better convention to showcase and make space and time available for these lesser-known creators than at the Baltimore Comic Con.

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They have a remarkable creators and publishers section to explore each and every year. If I’ve convinced you, then read no further. Just get yourself down to the Baltimore Comic Con, just a little more than one week away!

Recently, I’ve been considering dedicating more space on the BC Refugees blog site to the works of independent comics and creators (a.k.a. Indie Comics).

But wait, you say! Aren’t most writers and artists freelancers these days, working per contract as well as retaining rights to their original creations? And, doesn’t that make almost everybody working in comics in this century an independent creator? Yes, that’s true to a certain extent. But there are many writers and artists obtaining work on licensed properties. You will find the situation to be more like that at the bigger comic publishers, mainly Marvel and DC who hold the rights to characters with decades of history. Even at the Big Two publishers new creators can still retain rights to their characters, as long as they are savvy enough to negotiate the contract correctly.

I need to define my definition of independent comics so we are all on the same page. Naturally, the lion’s share of the comic-reading and comic-buying public’s hard earned dollars are being spent on Marvel and DC books. I call them The Big Two.

Next, a lesser share of the pie goes to the smaller publishers: Image, IDW, Dark Horse, Valiant, Boom, Archie, etc. Every single one of these publishers has enjoyed sales growth (deservedly so) over the last ten or less years and has gained more market share and presence. I call them The New Challengers, even though some of them have been around for a long time.

Then there are some even smaller publishers (by the way, I am not using the word smaller in a negative sense) that work just as hard at trying to get more sales dollars and more market share. They include Aazurn, Action Lab, Avatar, Bluewater, Black Lab, Legendary, Radical (still around?), Titan, and many others. I call them The Emerging Talent.

You will find almost all of these above publishers and more every month in the Previews catalog, as they utilize this method (and others) to reach their audience. So, why am I devoting this much space to explanation?  I plan to refer to these publishers by these name tags in future opinion pieces and reviews and I don’t want to explain what I mean every time I do. I have just one more category to explain - - - Indie Creators.

Indie Creators are even smaller than the publisher categories above, and don’t have as much resources and accessibility as the others. They use the same mediums to make their work available - - print editions, digital copies and pdf files, e-books, and web sites - - even showcasing their work via the Internet to view and read for free ( or donation). Some use Kickstarter and other social fundraising sites to help finance their projects.

Indie Creators are the most accessible of all for those who want to ask questions, get ideas, or just show some appreciation for a good story and/or illustration. One of the best things about being a comic hobbyist is the sense of family, networking and interaction between creators and fans. And, there is no greater sense of community among comics fandom than among the Indie Creators. Somewhere among their vast ranks and countless numbers are the super-star creators of tomorrow. Why not try and discover some of them now? Share your enthusiasm with others. Help promote their work and bring attention to them through your networking and social interaction.

They would appreciate your taking a little time to explore and see what they have to offer. For most of these creators, it’s a true labor of love. They put an incredible amount of time and energy into their creations realizing that it may not be profitable. They do it because it is what they love.

I can’t wait to meet more of them at the Baltimore Comic Con. Keep the fires burning.

NEXT: An pre-convention preview of some Indie Creators = PLB COMICS.

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Hear the Words of Brian Michael Bendis . . . . Word Balloon Podcast

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS MAKES A POWERS GRAB, AND TAKES OVER THE WORDBALLOON PODCAST FOR ITS 9th ANNIVERSARY



Commemorating The 9th Anniversary Of The Word Balloon Comic Book Podcast, Host John Siuntres gets the tables turned on him, as writer Brian Michael Bendis(POWERS, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, ALL NEW X-MEN) interviews John on a very special edition of THE BENDIS TAPES. It's a lengthy analytical conversation about the current comic book industry and its impact on today's pop culture. Want to listen? Go to
www.wordballoon.com or https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/word-balloon-comic-books-podcast/id207700416?mt=2.




A regular guest on Word Balloon since January of 2006, Bendis praised the podcast for it's editorial point of view regarding in depth interviews. "Your show fills an immense void in what was this great trifecta of (comic book magazines like) Amazing Heroes, Comics Buyers Guide, and The Comics Journal, as good documentation of who was doing what (comics) and why they were doing it... When I was a kid, if I wanted to know what Frank Miller was doing and why, I could go to these magazines for those kind of interviews The comic news websites today are 80% hit and run interviews and (book of the moment) promotion, but the true place to find out what makes Jonathan Hickman tick now is on your show...You have an inquisitiveness without judgment, and I think that's why guests and listeners gravitate to your show..."

The conversation continues with discussions about Bendis's longtime work as a consulting creative member of the Marvel Films Movie Panel fresh with the success of Guardians Of The Galaxy , his new creator interview book Words With Pictures, a how to write comics guide, and his active involvement as an executive producer in adapting his Creator Owned Comic Book Powers into a new live action television series debuting on the sony playstation platform this December.

Host John Siuntres created the Word Balloon Podcast on May 10th 2005, featuring interviews with the top comic book creators like Bendis, Matt Fraction, Geof Johns, Scott Snyder, Mark Waid, Jonathan Hickman, Jason Aaron, and Ed Brubaker, The all time greats like Dave Gibbons, Neal Adams, Gene Colan, Gerry Conway, and Denny O'Neil, plus the top TV and film creators of of genre fiction. People like writer Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Batman V Superman) TV Executive & Producer Jeph Loeb (Smallville, Heroes, Lost, Marvel's Agents Of Shield) and Animation legend Ralph Bakshi (Mighty Mouse, Cool World, Wizards, The '67 Spider-Man cartoon)

Since it's creation, Word Balloon has had over 4.6 million downloads. The Word Balloon podcast is currently the #3 "what's hot" podcast in iTunes literature category and was ranked as the top comic book podcast by USA TODAY pop culture columnist Whitney Matheson.

Starting as a sports-talk radio reporter, host, and producer in 1992, John Siuntres has worked in the Chicago TV and Radio market for Hubbard Broadcasting, CBS, Fox Sports, ESPN and The Sporting News Radio Network. In 1999 he earned a local Emmy nomination for outstanding on-air performance. In 2011 he appeared as an expert on The Science Channel TV series Prophets Of Science Fiction, hosted by filmmaker Ridley Scott.




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Saturday 9/06 Programming at Baltimore Comic Con 2014

b>EDITOR'S NOTE: There are many interesting panels at this year's convention. Which ones will you attend? Start planning your day now to get the most value from your attendance at the BCC.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Friday 9/05 Programming at Baltimore Comic Con 2014

BCC 2014 Friday Programming Spotlights Creators Capullo, Parent, Simonsons!
Cosplay Panel Track Introduced!



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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 26, 2014 - Join the Baltimore Comic-Con at the Baltimore Convention Center on September 5th, 6th, and 7th for our 15th annual show! You've been demanding it and we're at last ready start releasing it -- the 2014 Baltimore Comic-Con panel schedule! This first batch of panels details all of the events scheduled for Friday, September 5th in the various panel spaces. Look for Saturday and Sunday details soon!



We're excited to be adding Cosplay panels this year, and we begin with our first two: Cosplay & Photography Etiquitte and Cosplay 101! These panels are great for those who are interested in learning more about cosplay as well as those who have been doing it for years. Look for three more panels tomorrow!

Greg Capullo, the red-hot artist on DC Comics' Batman, is featured in a career-spanning spotlight, and are Walter & Louise Simonson and Dan Parent.

There are also topics including Sexy or Sexualized? and Favorite Comics

This is just the tip of the iceberg for what we have planned! Stay tuned!

Friday
Room 347-348
2:00-3:00 - Cosplay & Photography Etiquitte
Ever wonder how to navigate a crowd in that bulky costume, or the best way to interact with and take photos of costumed fans? Cosplayers Lucid, Greyloch, and Han Pan are here to help you learn tips, tricks, and general rules for wearing that awesome costume and interacting with cosplayers!

3:00-4:00 - Let's Talk Comics with RAYTIMandROB!
Please join RAYTIMandROB as the CRAZY comic book guys go over how to create a comic from start to finish and everything in between! From thought to finished product and marketing and self-publishing. From creative to business to how to break into the great industry of comics, come talk shop with RAYTIMandROB!

4:00-5:00 - Cosplay 101
So, what the heck IS cosplay? How do you do it? This crash course on cosplay from cosplayers Lucid, Han Pan, and SunsetDragon will give you tons of information on what cosplay is, as well as provide you with some tools to help guide you through your own costume creations!

5:00-6:00 - CBLDF: History of the Comics Code
60 years ago, comics were put on trial in a nationally televised Senate subcommittee hearing that had shattering repercussions for this great American artform. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund presents the shocking history of moral panic that led to this historic hearing and the birth of the Comics Code Authority, which regulated the medium's content for more than 50 years. CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein tells the tale at this CBLDF presentation.


Room 339-242
2:00-3:00 - Hermes Press: A Celebration of The Phantom - The First Masked Hero
Be the first to see the premiere, concept, and design of Peter David and Sal Velluto's New Phantom comic book series, together with a multimedia presentation about the history of the The Ghost Who Walks. Sal Velluto (The Phantom, Flash, Justice League Task Force, Black Panther), artist for the new series, will discuss the direction and philosophy of the book and show off artwork from issue #1. Join Velluto, Daniel Herman (Publisher, Hermes Press), Pete Klaus (noted Phantom historian), and some surprise guests (who have written and illustrated the Phantom over the years), all of whom will discuss the history of the character, the classic strip and comic books, and the all-new version (which brings back the classic Phantom) of this iconic character, along with a Q and A session! A free poster will be given out at the panel showing off Velluto's variant cover for issue #1.

3:00-4:00 - Sexy or Sexualized
When does the depiction of a heroine stop being sexy and become sexualized? Where is the line? Join moderator Paul Levitz and guests Marguerite Bennett (Batgirl), Christina Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood), Dave Gibbons (The Secret Service), Adam Hughes (Fairest), Gail Simone (Red Sonja), and Thom Zahler (Love & Capes) as they look at this difficult subject.

4:00-5:00 - Walter & Louise Simonson Spotlight
Walter and Louise Simonson have chronicled the adventures of heroes including Thor, Power Pack, Manhunter, Superman, X-Factor, Wolverine, and many more. Their adventures in comics continue with Walter on Ragnarok and Louise on Super Secret Crisis War! Join them for a lively look at their careers in comics.

5:00-6:00 - Favorite Comics
Every comics fan has favorite comics, and so do the pros! Join moderator Bob Greenberger along with Alan Davis (Savage Hulk), Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press), Ron Marz (Witchblade), Allison Sohn (Red Sonja), and Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity Revelation) as they look at the comics they love and have had an impact on them.

Room 349-350
2:00-3:00 - Thrillbent Comics
Take a look inside the digital world of Thrillbent! Creators Christina Blanch, Barry Kitson, Ron Randall, and Mark Waid discuss their work at Thrillbent and where they're headed in the future.


3:00-4:00 - Teaching with Comics
A panel discussion with three graphic illustrators and writers exploring the benefits of teaching with comics. The panelists have published books about history, culture, and nature, all of which have been successful teaching and learning tools in the classroom and in libraries.

4:00-5:00 - Dan Parent Spotlight
Dan Parent is the popular Archie Comics talent behind the Love Showdown story and is the creator of Kevin Keller, Archie's first openly gay character. Join moderator Mark Waid for a look at this Harvey Awards-nominated creator.

5:00-6:00 - Social Issues Through Comic Books SuperMOOC with Christina Blanch
Social Issues have many dimensions and can sometimes be difficult to understand. By using popular culture, in this case comic books, to help understand these issues, we can see how the information can be presented in both negative and positive ways. This presentation will unveil the adventures of exploring social issues using comics, the design of the course, the interview process with the comic creators, and how the Social Issues Through Comic Books class fared.


Ballroom
5:00-6:00 - Greg Capullo Spotlight
He's worked on X-Force, Spawn, The Creech, Batman, and more. His art has graced album covers. He is Greg Capullo and he's one of the most popular artists in comics today. One look at his work and it's easy to see why. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about Greg and his work.


KIDS LOVE COMICS 2014 PROGRAMMING

All programs take place at the Workshop Area at the Kids Love Comics Pavilion
4:00-5:00 - Drawing Aliens, Robots, and Nature with Steve Conley
The beautiful world of Steve Conley's 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!

5:00-6:00 - Drawing Heroic Females and Felines with Mike Maihack
Mike Maihack is the amazing author/artist of the graphic novel Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice from Scholastic/Graphix. In this workshop, Mike will share his technique for drawing heroines like Cleopatra, Supergirl, and Batgirl. He'll also be drawing cats, and who doesn't love cats?!

6:00-7:00 - How Cynja Are You? with Heather C. Dahl and Chase Cunningham
Today, our battlefield is a new frontier. It's one that's invisible to all but those with cyber powers. It's time to train a new kind of superhero - one who will protect cyberspace from attack! Join the creators of the new comic series, The Cynja, as they show you how to acquire the cyber powers to fight zombies, worms, and botnets. The world needs boys and girls with digital skills to become Cynjas and keep the Internet safe for all. It's time to become a cyber hero!

TICKETS
General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are now on sale! Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets now!
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.

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ALL STAR RECEPTION
Join us high atop the Baltimore skyline overlooking the Inner Harbor for an intimate evening that would be the envy of Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark! This cocktail party event with food, drink, and socializing will be attended by the likes of Reilly Brown, Mark Buckingham, Greg Capullo, Frank Cho, Alan Davis, Dave Gibbons, Dean Haspiel, Barry Kitson, Brandon Peterson, Gail Simone, Walter and Louise Simonson, John K. Snyder III, John Totleben, Rick Veitch, Matt Wagner, Mark Waid, Bill Willingham, and more on Friday, September 5th at 8pm. This unique opportunity is a limited ticket count event. Tickets are available at www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets -- act now before the opportunity is gone


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Sometimes They Come Back


revivalfriendsREVIVAL Vol. 1
Writer: Tom Seely
Artist: Mike Norton
Image Comics | graphic novel | $12.99
Image is one of my favorite publishing companies. Along with Vertigo and Dynamite, Image is a great place to find creator owned, non-capes and tights stories that are consistently compelling. Revival is the latest breakout hit from the same company that brought us such fan favorites as FataleElephantmenInvincible and Saga.
You might know Tim Seely as the writer of Hack/Slash and as the penciler of the New ExilesMike Norton has illustrated extensively for DC and has his own webcomic, Battlepug.
Revival is the story of a small town in Wisconsin where the dead are returning to life but it’s not a Walking Dead wannabe. When the dead rise they are just as you remember them, a doting grandmother, a son taken too soon or a dearly missed spouse. In a town that is under government quarantine, decried by the clergy and under siege from grave robbers looking for the key to immortality, Officer Dana Cypress is trying to solve a murder that may have been committed by the of the Revived.
The writing in the book often jumps from the main narrative to short vignettes of people in the town dealing with the otherwordly implications of the dead returning to life. While I usually don’t like straying far from the main narrative, Seely does a good job at this. Sometimes he weaves some minor characters into the main tale and other times the small stories help to flesh out the town while having unexpected payoffs. The art in Revival is clean but detailed. The flat tones help impart the noir feel the book is going for but also works well for action scenes of which there are many.
The book succeeds at turning the zombie genre on its head and exploring its novel premise with asides while moving the main story forward in the first trade. I eagerly anticipate buying the second.
Final rating (out of 5): 5_Star

Guest Columnist = Current Trends: Are Super-Heroes finding the Young Adult market?

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: I agree with Matthew Phillion:  we definitely live in interesting times.  One of the things I most appreciate is the ease of networking compared to a decade ago.  This guest column is the result of that, and here’s how it occurred thanks to networking:  When I receive a press release that I believe would be of interest to BC Refugees readers, I follow up with a thank-you email to the publisher or marketing source.  I emailed PFP Publishing to thank them for the information about The Indestructibles and they in turn forwarded my email to Matthew Phillion, the author.  My preface to the blog article intrigued Matthew, and he wrote to me to ask if I was going to expand my thoughts and write about a connection between Young Adult (YA) novels and comics.  I wasn’t prepared to do that, but thought the idea was a good one.  So, I invited Matthew to write about it.  . . . And, here we are . . . . . .

Guest column by author MATTHEW PHILLION

As superhero or comic book fans, we live in interesting times.

The names and faces we’ve loved in sequential art for decades have become mainstream.  They’ve certainly taken over the box office (that terrifying list of superhero movies scheduled for the next three years borders on overkill) and you don’t hit that level of movie magic without reaching outside your core audience.

It feels only natural that the superhero novel should see a new popularity as well, and it has—Peter Clines, for example, with his wonderful zombies-fight-superheroes series beginning with Ex-Heroes is a household name, at least among fans of the genre, and he’s not alone.

And Young Adult novels have got the literary world in a stranglehold.  Vampires and teen romances, coming of age stories—the YA market is more popular and more influential than ever.  Stephen Colbert might call YA “books that people actually read,” but in defense of YA, it’s a fictional category—it’s only been around a few decades and acts more as a marketing technique and shelving suggestion than a hard and fast category (books like Catcher in the Rye, for example, would have fallen into YA if they were published now, which is a bit mind-boggling).

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With my own superhero novel, The Indestructibles, I have to admit it feels very strange marketing it as YA.  I don’t disagree—it’s about a team of rookie, teenaged superheroes fumbling their way toward heroism—but, well, it’s a book I would read myself as a guy in my mid-to-late thirties.  What is YA, and where do superheroes fit in to all of this?

I’m convinced most YA authors don’t set out to write YA.  I admit I wanted to keep my own book closer to all ages. As a prodigious user of curse words in my day to day life, I had a note over my desk saying DON’T SWEAR while I was writing as a reminder to keep it clean—this is not hyperbole.  However, my real goals were to write a story that would entertain myself and my fellow superhero comic book readers in a prose setting.  I wanted to try to write a love letter to comics, with all of the snappy patter and cinematic fight scenes from the superhero stories we grew up with, while hopefully creating something new and fun.

And in the end I thought, oh no, I think I wrote a YA book.

Given the market trends right now, it was a lucky accident, and one I think a lot of writers find themselves in.  Can this be categorized as YA?

And I think I got lucky with my content as well.  There is something inherently not childish but rather all ages about superhero stories, and our society and culture have finally realized that.  For a long time, adults were shamed for loving superhero stories.  They’re stories for kids, we were told.  Grow up.  But just because something is accessible to young readers (whether they are four-color Archie comics, Watchmen, or The Perks of Being a Wallflower) doesn’t make it exclusively so.  While we get more and more restrictive with the categories we put books into, I think readers—and let’s face it, the readers are the most important part of the equation here—have figured out that the most important thing is to read what brings you enjoyment.

I didn’t write a YA superhero novel myself because superheroes and YA were the hot sellers this year (though admittedly it didn’t hurt).  I wrote a superhero novel because in my mid-thirties I realized what I really wanted to do was write about superheroes.  I was a far stronger writer than artist.  (I deliberately kept my heroes’ costumes a little vague in the book to allow for reader imagination, but also because I probably couldn’t draw them accurately myself if I tried.)  And I inadvertently kept the content all-ages enough to fit into a YA mold.

Someone once told me that, similar to the rush of vampire and werewolf books by mainstream authors in recent years, they wanted to tell authors to go write superhero books to hop on the current trend.  My reaction wasn’t “No!  Not competition!”  My reaction was: “You can’t fake this.”

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I spent the weekend at Boston Comic Con recently and was blown away by the sense of community, by the shared experience, by the knowledge that everyone there was on the same team, from readers and collectors to cosplayers and vendors.  While I was at my booth a young woman crossplaying at Spider Jerusalem walked by and I yelled out to her to compliment her choice, because Spider in all his vulgarity actually inspired me to become a journalist myself.  Because I knew who she was, and I knew the shared experience of loving that character.

That’s the real beauty of reading, whether it is comics, novels, superheroes, romances.  The wonder of shared imaginative storytelling.

You can’t fake the joy of loving comics.  You can’t fake an understanding of the culture of superheroes. It’s got to be in your veins.  And I think this is why we’re seeing a bumper crop of new superhero prose fiction—there’s a lot of love out there for this type of content, and it’s out in the open.  It’s a big old tribe and it is having its day in the sun.

We live in interesting times.  And I’m excited to be a part of it, as a writer, as a reader and as a fan.

ABOUT MATTHEW PHILLION:  

Matthew Phillion is a writer, actor, and film director based in Salem, Massachusetts.  The Indestructibles, a Young Adult superhero adventure story, is his first novel.

He has appeared in feature films including the sci-fi romance Harvest Moon and the independent horror flick Livestock.  His screenwriting and directing debut, the romantic comedy Certainly Never, premiered in 2013 at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival where it was nominated for five awards including best screenplay and best New England film.  An active freelance writer, Phillion continues to write about both local issues and the medical industry as both a freelance journalist and newspaper editor.

Friday, August 22, 2014

John Carpenter’s ASYLUM graphic novel drops at NYCC

EDITOR’S NOTE:  I’ve been following this series since Issue #1, and it’s actually scary. Very dark and supernatural.  Worth investigation by all fans of horror and dark fantasy. I hope to write a review of the first story arc soon. In the meantime, this announcement of a graphic novel treatment is good news indeed . . . . . .

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

(Hollywood, CA-August 22, 2014) Storm King Productions announced today the graphic novel release of their six issue horror comic series John Carpenter's Asylum.  There will be three versions of the book, including a limited run collectors' edition, only available through the publisher, a hardcover edition (ISBN 978-0-9853258-8-6/SEP141622) in time for the holidays, and a softcover version (ISBN 978-0-9853258-7-9/AUG141656) that will hit stores in October.  Writer, publisher movie producer Sandy King Carpenter (They Live, Vampires) and renowned artist Leo Manco (Hellblazer, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Driver for the Dead) will be on hand at New York Comic Con for signings and autographs at booth #2029.  The soft cover at the show will be $19.99. The November hardcover release will be $35.00. The limited edition version will be $100.00 and available for purchase on-line and advance order at the show.  

The softcover NYCC release will be a full 200 pages which contain the 144 comic pages from the first six issues as well as a sketchbook from Leo Manco that shows pages in the three different stages of development (pencils, inks, colors), a “how to”guide covering the creation of the John Carpenter's Asylum animated trailer, and three new demons never before seen in the comic!  The hardcover will have the same interior, which includes one of two limited edition sketch cards.  The limited edition includes an oversized slipcase hand numbered with signatures by Sandy King Carpenter, John Carpenter, Leo Manco, Bruce Jones, Trent Olsen, Janice Chiang and possibly Thomas Ian Griffith.  The run will be strictly limited to 500.

About John Carpenter's Asylum:

There's a war coming to the City of Angels.  In tunnels beneath the city, in the dark alleys among the homeless, demons lurk and Lucifer bides his time.  One man knows.   One man sees.  One man walks those dark streets.  Father Daniel Beckett's seen demons and he's spoken to the Devil, but he's never seen an angel and he's never spoken to God.  Obsessed and driven as much by betrayal as righteousness and anger as redemption, he walks the smoke-filled encampments of lost souls like Dante's nine rings of the Inferno.  He is God's warrior at war with God.

With this step into the comic book world, John Carpenter brings it all to the serial world he's loved since childhood.  Supernatural horror with that twist of fate that only flawed mankind can provide.

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About Storm King Productions:

Storm King Productions is headed up by writer producer powerhouse Sandy King Carpenter.  Storm King focuses on artistic storytelling in all forms.  Their flagship comic book title John Carpenter's Asylum has become a global fan favorite.  Other comic properties including DarkChylde, are also currently in production.

PLB Comics debuts Halloween Special at Baltimore Comic Con

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you’re going to Baltimore Comic Con, please spend some time to check out and meet the many indie comics publishers who will be there. They need your support, and a Comic Con is a great way to get introduced, beginning with PLB Comics.

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

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 21, 2014 - PLB Comics will be debuting their third annual Halloween Special at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014.  The special offers up tales of horror and suspense from such notable creators as Nikkol Jelenic (table A220), Cheltsey Vann, Brian Spicer, Ryan Thompson, Frank Dawson Jr., Josh Shockley, James Dufendach, and Isai Jose Leal Garza, with a cover by the incomparable Neil Vokes.

PLB is the Eastern Shore of Maryland's most prolific indie comics publisher, with 14 books in print and thousands of copies sold.  Their main titles, The Fall (a gritty vigilante title) and Gideon & Sebastian (a buddy cop, vampire slayer, action comedy with no sparkling) have been featured at BCC for over eight years.  PLB Comics is an independent group of artists and writers based on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with contributing artists and writers all over the world.  PLB Comics offers original concepts and fresh perspectives on the world of Sequential Art, while maintaining an appreciation of mainstream classics.

"Baltimore is a fantastic show.  It is by far our favorite big show.  BCC's continued support of indie publishers and focus on the medium makes it an extremely welcoming place for creators and attendees alike," said James Dufendach, Editor/Letterer at PLB Comics.

Be sure to stop by tables A218 - A219 to check out PLB's full line of titles and prints, and to pick up their 2014 Halloween Special. And as always, free high 5's are available for the asking!
Find out more about PLB:  www.plbcomics.com  or  facebook.com/plb.comics