Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Baltimore Comic-Con's Yearbook Returns

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Every year in high school is typically punctuated by a year book. A collection of photos, memories and accolades lauded on you and your classmates, giving everyone who was a part of that class something remember the larger group by. With the annual nature of conventions, why aren't there convention yearbooks? Baltimore Comic-Con has one and the return of the work will celebrate creators appearing at the show, this year giving guests the chance to interpret Usagi Yojimbo characters, paying tribute to Stan Sakai.

"Stan is a great friend of the Baltimore Comic-Con," said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. "His timeless, classic characters are the perfect source for our guests and friends to interpret for the Baltimore Comic-Con's second ever Yearbook, and we adore the contributions, Stan's work, and Stan himself for allowing us to honor him in this fashion."

As a bonus, there will also be a scavenger hunt of sorts. When you buy the book, you'll get a list of the 38 Yearbook contributors and their table numbers. Get 10 of them to sign it, and come back to the booth for your choice of an added print by either Frank Cho, Ray Fawkes, Michael Golden, Terry Moore or Mark Texeira. For every 5 extra signatures beyond the first 10, you get an extra print!

The art created for the 2013 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook celebrating nearly 30 years of Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo will be auctioned at this special event. Don't miss this opportunity to own original art featuring Stan's characters as depicted by artists including Roger Andrews, David Bullock, Jim Calafiore, Richard Case, Bernard Chang, Frank Cho, Steve Conley, Jason Copland, Jeremy Dale, Ray Fawkes, David Finch, John Gallagher, Agnes Garbowska, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Michael Golden, Jimmy Gownley, Ken Hunt, Chris Kemple, Roger Langridge, David Mack, Mark Mariano, Tradd Moore, Ryan Ottley, David Petersen, Brandon Peterson, Khoi Pham, Joe Prado, Ron Randall, Ivan Reis, Sara Richard, Craig Rousseau, Stan Sakai, Scott Christian Sava, Chris Schweizer, Walter Simonson, Edward Smith, Mark Sparacio, Mark Texeira, Christopher Uminga, Mark Wheatley, Rich Woodall, Thom Zahler, and Chrissie Zullo.

The book will be sold and the art auction will be held at 5 PM in the Main hall, in Booth #2505. The book will be available at the Baltimore Comic-Con for $20.

Full press release below.


Baltimore Comic-Con's Yearbook Returns!
Featuring Stan Sakai and Usagi Yojimbo!
  

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - September 3, 2013 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is proud to announce the return of the Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook, celebrating the creators appearing at the show.  This book of art features some of our guests interpreting the Usagi Yojimbo characters, sometimes in conjunction with their own creations, in a celebration of creator-owned properties.
As a bonus, we have a scavenger hunt of sorts. When you buy the book, you'll get a list of our 38 Yearbook contributors and their table numbers. Get 10 of them to sign it, and come back to the booth for your choice of an added print by either Frank Cho, Ray Fawkes, Michael Golden, Terry Moore, or Mark Texeira! For every 5 extra signatures beyond the first 10, you get an extra print!

  
Usagi Yojimbo was created by Stan Sakai and first published in 1984, launching in Albedo, a self-published anthology by Steve Gallacci, followed by an appearance in Critters from Fantagraphics in 1985, and finally its own series from the same publisher in 1987, all in black & white.  In 1993, Usagi made the jump to color at Mirage Publishing, and moved to Dark Horse in 1996, where it remains to this day.  Nearly 30 years of Usagi Yojimbo have seen print in book, TV, and digital formats.
"Stan is a great friend of the Baltimore Comic-Con," said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. "His timeless, classic characters are the perfect source for our guests and friends to interpret for the Baltimore Comic-Con's second ever Yearbook, and we adore the contributions, Stan's work, and Stan himself for allowing us to honor him in this fashion."
The art created for the 2013 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook celebrating nearly 30 years of Stan Sakai'sUsagi Yojimbo will be auctioned at this special event! Don't miss this opportunity to own original art featuring Stan's characters as depicted by artists including Roger Andrews, David Bullock, Jim Calafiore, Richard Case, Bernard Chang, Frank Cho, Steve Conley, Jason Copland, Jeremy Dale, Ray Fawkes, David Finch, John Gallagher, Agnes Garbowska, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Michael Golden, Jimmy Gownley, Ken Hunt, Chris Kemple, Roger Langridge, David Mack, Mark Mariano, Tradd Moore, Ryan Ottley, David Petersen, Brandon Peterson, Khoi Pham, Joe Prado, Ron Randall, Ivan Reis, Sara Richard, Craig Rousseau, Stan Sakai, Scott Christian Sava, Chris Schweizer, Walter Simonson, Edward Smith, Mark Sparacio, Mark Texeira, Christopher Uminga, Mark Wheatley, Rich Woodall, Thom Zahler, and Chrissie Zullo!

The book will be sold, and the art auction will be held at 5pm in our Main hall, in Booth #2505.  The book will be available at the Baltimore Comic-Con for $20.
  
TICKETS
Tickets are now available for VIP and General Admission at the Baltimore Comic-Con!
  
Buy your convention tickets now and save time at the show! - http://baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/
For Harvey Award Tickets - http://baltimorecomiccon.com/harvey-awards/ 


I'll See You In Baltimore 2013
This year's confirmed guests for the show include: Josh Adams (Doctor Who); Neal Adams (First X-Men); Mark Bagley (Fantastic Four); Art Baltazar (Aw Yeah Comics!, Tiny Titans); Brian Bolland (Dial H); Harold Buchholz (Archie Comics); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Sal Buscema (Amazing Spider-Man); Frank Cammuso (Knights of the Lunch Table, Otto's Orange Day); Mike Carey (Suicide Risk, The Unwritten); Jimmy Cheung (Avengers vs. X-Men); Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine); Steve Conley (Bloop); Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre); Jamie and Tyler Cosley (Cody the Cavalier, Ninja Squirrel); J.M. DeMatteis (Phantom Stranger); David Finch (Justice League of America); Franco (Aw Yeah Comics!, Tiny Titans); John Gallagher (Buzzboy, Roboy Red); Zack Giallongo (Broxo); Chris Giarrusso (G-Man); Keith Giffen (Masters of the Universe); Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!, The Dumbest Idea Ever!); Joe Hill (Locke and Key); Jason Horn (Ninjasaur); Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan); Denis Kitchen (The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen); Barry Kitson (Empire); Roger Langridge (Popeye); Paul Levitz (World's Finest); Kevin Maguire (World's Finest); Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space); Mark Mariano (Happyloo); Billy Martin (Vitriol, the Hunter); Dave McDonald (Hamster Sam); Mark McKenna (Star Wars, Banana Tail); Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie); Mike Mignola (Hellboy In Hell); Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground); Chris O>Matic (The Chris O>Matic Show!); Jimmy Palmiotti (Batwing); Dan Parent (Archie, Veronica, Kevin Keller); George Perez (World's Finest); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Joe Prado (Earth 2); Ivan Reis (Aquaman); Dave Roman - Saturday only (Astronaut Academy, Teen Boat); Chris Samnee (Daredevil); Jeff Schultz (Archie, Jughead); Louise Simonson (X-Factor); Walt Simonson (The Mighty Thor); Kevin Smith (Batman: The Widening Gyre); Allison Sohn (sketch card artist); Frank Stack (My Cancer Year); Bobby Timony (Night Owls, Detectobot); Mark Waid (Indestructible Hulk), Bill Willingham (Fables); and Thom Zahler (My Little Pony).
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.

This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 7-8, 2013. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 7 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, September 7th.

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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 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 7-8, 2013. 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.

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