Baltimore Comic Con This Weekend, September 8th and 9th, 2012


September in Maryland is a great time of year in this state that I call my home. Honeycrisp apples are in season, the summer heat is giving away to the cooler temperatures of autumn. Its also a big month for comic book readers and collectors in this region. Baltimore Comic Con has become a September tradition in this area, and with every year it becomes and increasingly larger event. I’ve had the pleasure of watching this convention grow into spectacular event. I remember the humble beginnings of this convention and am still proud and amazed at what it has become. 

This year looks to be even better than last year, and I thought last year was amazing. Stand out guests for me include Stan Lee and John Romita Sr, who will be together in a panel session this weekend. There are special VIP tickets available for that give these ticket holders additional time with Stan Lee. Stan has extended his stay in Baltimore so he’ll be here for both days. 
The British Invasion is a theme running through this years convention with many of the top comic book talent from the UK attending including Garth Ennis, Brian Bolland, and Mark Buckingham to name a few. The British Embassy will also have an exhibit just outside the main hall with the work of British talent past and present on display. Showing the impact creators from the other side of the pond have had on the industry.
Baltimore Comic Con Program Guide: http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com/bcc-2012-program-web.pdf
Valiant Comics will be making some major announcements regarding their line-up of characters and details on what other characters are coming back. Marvel will also have a panel on their Marvel NOW event that will be kicking into gear this autumn. There will be a costume contest, the annual Harvey Awards ceremony and dinner, plenty of show exclusives and a robust artist alley all promise to make this years comic con a memorable one. 
If you want a large show that is dedicated to comic books, not movies and television show, a purely comic book celebration then Baltimore Comic Con is one of the few options out there and its a helluva show.
Go to the Baltimore Comic Con website for details. This is a great show to go to if you’ve never been to a convention before or if you are a long time lover of the medium. There are always great people in attendance. I’m so happy that a show of this caliber is just up the highway from my house, its truly awesome.
Here is the full list of attending comic professionals:

  • STAN LEE – Legendary co-creator of The Hulk, Iron-Man, The Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man and countless others!
  • Neal Adams – Batman:Odyssey
  • Jason Adams – Sculptor
  • Josh Adams – Doctor Who, Sherlock
  • Dave Aikins – SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer children’s books illustrator
  • Ken Bald – Golden Age/Timely-Marvel Artist, Dark Shadows Illustrator
  • Marty Baumann – Pixar Artist, Crater Kid
  • Jeff Bellio – Finding Gossamyr
  • Brian Bolland – Dial H, Batman: The Killing Joke, Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland
  • Tom Brevoort – Avengers
  • Mark Buckingham – Fables, Miracleman, Doctor Who
  • Harold Buchholz – Archie Comics
  • Jim Calafiore – Secret Six
  • Frank Cammuso – Knights of the Lunch Table
  • Greg Capullo – Batman, Spawn
  • Richard Case – Artist Alley Comics, Doom Patrol
  • Tommy Castillo – Grimm Fairy Tales
  • Anthony Castrillo – Justice League of America 100 Project
  • Bernard Chang – DC Comics Presents, War of the Green Lanterns
  • Jo Chen – Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight (Saturday only)
  • Sean Chen – Steel, Avengers Academy, Pantha, Voltron
  • Jim Cheung – Avengers vs. X-Men, AVX VS., Spider-Men
  • Cliff Chiang – Wonder Woman
  • Frank Cho – Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows
  • Mike Choi – Fantastic Four, Demon Knights, Captain Atom, Astonishing Thor
  • Steve Conley – Bloop (www.bloopstree.com)
  • Geof Darrow – Shaolin Cowboy
  • Lar deSouza – Looking For Group, Least I Could Do
  • Todd Dezago – Perhapanauts
  • Dan Didio – O.M.A.C.
  • Eryk Donovan – SEQAPUNCH anthology, ‘Ringo Scholarship Recipient
  • Garth Ennis – The Shadow, Hellblazer, Preacher, The Boys
  • Joe Eisma – Morning Glories
  • Rich Faber – Roboy Red
  • Ray Fawkes – One Soul
  • Joshua Hale Fialkov – I, Vampire; Echoes; Last of the Greats
  • David Finch – Batman: The Dark Knight
  • Anthony Fleecs – In My Lifetime
  • Francesco Francavilla – The Black Beetle, Swamp Thing, Captain America and Black Widow
  • Franco – Aw Yeah Comics!
  • John Gallagher – Buzzboy
  • SL Gallant – G.I. Joe
  • Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman
  • Bryan J.L. Glass – Mice Templar
  • Mike Gold – Editor, DC Comics, Co-Founder and Editor First Comics
  • Jimmy Gownley – Amelia Rules!
  • Dan Green – Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Legion of Super-Heroes
  • Randy Green – Artist Alley Comics, Witchblade
  • Brad Guigar – Evil Inc.
  • Gene Ha – Justice League
  • Larry Hama – G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam
  • Cully Hamner – Action Comics
  • Scott Hanna – Green Lantern Corps
  • Dean Haspiel – Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City
  • Marc Hempel – Sandman, Gregory, Blood of the Innocent
  • Eric Henson – Perhapanauts : Danger Down Under
  • Greg Horn – Max Payne, Avengers DK, Avengers Academy
  • Jason Horn – Ninjasaur
  • Jamal Igle – KISS, Supergirl, Molly Danger
  • Chris Ivy – Hero Comics, Army of Darkness
  • J.G. Jones – Wanted, Doc Savage
  • Chris Kemple – Artist Alley Comics, Negative Burn
  • Scott King – Holiday Wars
  • Denis Kitchen – Kitchen Sink Press
  • Barry Kitson – Captain America, Iron Man, Fantastic Four
  • Braden Lamb – Adventure Time
  • Roger Langridge – Snarked, Popeye, The Muppets, Thor the Mighty Avenger
  • Greg LaRocque – Web of Spider-man, The Avengers, Legion of Super Heroes
  • Erik Larsen – Savage Dragon
  • Janet Lee – Return of the Dapper Men
  • Norman Lee – Uncanny X-Men, New Mutants, Wolverine and the X-Men
  • Jeff Lemire – Sweet Tooth, Justice League Dark, Animal Man, Essex County
  • Paul Levitz – DC Comics, Legion of Super Heroes
  • Joe Linsner – Dawn
  • David Mack – Kabuki
  • Kevin Maguire – World’s Finest
  • Mark Mariano – O>matics
  • Ron Marz – Artifacts, Voodoo
  • Bob McLeod – DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman
  • Carla Speed McNeil – Finder
  • Pop Mhan – Gears of War, Blank, Ender’s Game
  • Mark Morales – Avengers vs Xmen
  • Michael Alan Nelson – Hawks of Outremer, Valen the Outcast
  • Dave Nestler – Salem’s Daughter: The Haunting, Grimm Fairy Tales
  • Jamar Nicholas – Leon: Protector of the Playground; Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun
  • Cary Nord – X-O Manowar, Conan
  • Dan Parent – Archie Comics
  • Shelli Paroline – The Muppet Show, Adventure Time
  • Dan Parsons – Star Wars artist
  • Andrew Pepoy – Fables, The Simpsons, Simone & Ajax
  • David Petersen – Mouse Guard
  • Brandon Peterson – Uncanny X-Men, Ultimates Comics Ultimates
  • Paul Pope – thb, Adventure Time
  • Khoi Pham – X-Men
  • Eric Powell – The Goon
  • Brian Pulido – Lady Death
  • Frank Quitely – All Star Superman, Batman & Robin
  • Mike Raicht – Stuff of Legend, Infestation: GI Joe, Dark Shadows
  • Tom Raney – Suicide Squad, Incredible Hulk, Avengers Academy
  • Ross Richie – BOOM! Studios
  • Joe Rivera – Daredevil
  • Paolo Rivera – Daredevil
  • David Rodriguez – Finding Gossamyr
  • John Romita Jr – Avengers vs. X-Men – thanks to the Hero Initiative
  • Don Rosa – Uncle Scrooge
  • Craig Rousseau – Perhapanauts, Marvel Super-Heroes
  • Joe Rubinstein – Agent Marc Sanders, Green Hornet Golden Age Remastered
  • Andy Runton – Owly
  • Christopher Ryder – Dames in the Atomic Age
  • Filip Sablik – Last Mortal
  • Scott Christian Sava – The Dreamland Chronicles
  • Stuart Sayger – Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night One-Shot
  • Matteo Scalera – Secret Avengers, Incorruptible, Irredeemable, Valen the Outcast, Deadpool, Wolverine & the X-Men
  • Louise “Weezie” Simonson – Rocketeer Adventures, Power Pack
  • Walter Simonson – Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers
  • Brian Smith – The Stuff of Legend
  • John K. Snyder III – Zorro Rides Again
  • Scott Snyder – Batman , Severed, Swamp Thing
  • Nicky Soh – LIQUID CITY, ‘Ringo Scholarship Recipient
  • Ryan Sohmer – Looking For Group, Least I Could Do
  • Mark Sparacio – Liberty Girl, Omega Paradox, Jonah Hex
  • Chris Sparks – Team Cul de Sac
  • Jim Starlin – Infinity Gauntlet, Dreadstar, Captain Marvel
  • Brian Stelfreeze – ICE
  • Roger Stern – Hulk Smash Avengers, The Captain America Corps
  • Paul Storrie – Twisted Journeys, Sheena: Queen of the Jungle
  • Karl Story – Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9
  • Robert Tinnell – Flesh & Blood, EZ Street, Wicked West
  • Peter Tomasi – Batman and Robin
  • Herb Trimpe – GI Joe, Wolverine
  • Tim Truman – Hawken, Grimjack
  • Billy Tucci – A Child Is Born, Shi
  • Robert Venditti – X-O Manowar, Surrogates
  • Neil Vokes – Flesh And Blood, The Dark Forest
  • Dave Wachter – Night of 1000 Wolves
  • Matt Wagner – Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel
  • Mark Waid – Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredemable
  • Matt Webb – Flesh and Blood, John Byrne’s Next Men, Zombie Tales
  • Mark Wheatley – Frankenstein Mobster, Fables, Blood of the innocent
  • Matt Wieringo – ‘Ringo Scholarship Fund
  • Charles Paul Wilson III – The Stuff of Legend
  • Mike Wolfer – Lady Death, Stitched, NOTLD
  • Rich Woodall – Artist Alley Comics, Johnny Raygun
  • Bernie Wrightson – Frankenstein
  • Kelly Yates – Dr. Who: A Fairytale Life, Amber Atoms
  • Thom Zahler – Love and Capes
  • Chrissie Zullo – Cinderella, Fables
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