Thursday, August 28, 2014

Baltimore Comic-Con 2014 Saturday Programming Spotlights Talent

Baltimore Comic-Con is fast approaching and it's the shows 15th annual incarnation. And on that Saturday, September 6th, the show will boast a bevy of big time creators. Those creators include Garth Ennis, Dave Gibbons, Fred Hembeck, Paul Pope, Gail Simone and Matt Wagner, whose creation Grendel is featured in this year's Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook. There's even a character spotlight as Miracleman is featured by creators who worked on the groundbreaking comic.

Fans can also join Bill Willingham and friends for a full two hours in The Last Fables Panel. Fans of cartoonist Charles M. Schulz and his popular creation, Peanuts, are in for a real treat with Peanuts and Beyond: The Other Side of Charles M. Schulz as Karen Johnson, Director of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, shares unpublished artworks by Schulz.

Full press release and Saturday panel schedule below.

BCC 2014 Saturday Programming Spotlights Ennis, Gibbons, Pope, Simone, and Wagner!
Publisher Panels Galore!

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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 27, 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, including all the Kids Love Comics panels! This next batch of panels details all of the events scheduled for Saturday, September 6th in the various panel spaces. Look for Sunday details soon!

Want to know what's going on with comics from your favorite publishers?

We've got panels spotlighting DC ComicsMarvelArchieBOOM! StudiosDynamiteValiant, and Visionary.
Your favorite creators step into the spotlight! There are conversations with Garth EnnisDave GibbonsFred HembeckPaul PopeGail Simone, and Matt Wagner, whose creation Grendel is featured in this year's Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook! There's even a character spotlight as Miracleman is featured by creators who worked on the groundbreaking comic.

Join Bill Willingham and friends for a full two hours in The Last Fables Panel.

Fans of cartoonist Charles M. Schulz and his popular creation, Peanuts, are in for a real treat with Peanuts and Beyond: The Other Side of Charles M. Schulz as Karen Johnson, Director of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, shares unpublished artworks by Schulz!

And that's not all! Check out the full listings for all the great Saturday panels!

Room 345-346            
11:00-12:00 - Comics by the Numbers

Over this past year, the comic landscape has changed as diversity has spread across the comic pages, as well as behind the scenes with the creators making them. Though a stereotype persists of the "comic reader," the characters are reflecting the real diverse audience. Join bloggers Heidi MacDonald (The Beat) and Brett Schenker (Graphic Policy) as they discuss the comic audience, presenting hard data showing that comic readership is more diverse than ever and there's more going on than grabbing headlines when decisions are made. If you've ever wondered about who the comic fans are, or are looking at how to market your own comics, this is the panel for you!

5:00-6:00 - Prop Your Cosplay
Props boost your cosplay stats to over 9000, but how do you get or make them?? Come to this panel presented by cosplayers Han Pan and Phaleure Cosplay to learn, and open your mind to the possibilities of everything around you as a cosplay prop.

Room 347-348
11:00-12:00 - Cosplay on a Budget
You know you want to cosplay, but how can you do it without draining your wallet dry? Lucid and Han Pan will guide you through the hallows of cosplay creation while keeping your bottom dollar in mind.

 12:00-1:00 - The Making of The Fifth Beatle: The Beatles in Comics
One of the hottest graphic novels of 2013, Harvey Award-nominated The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story faced a long and winding decade of development... and almost didn't happen at all. Join us as The Fifth Beatle writer and producer Vivek J. Tiwary (Green Day's American Idiot) breaks down the decade of work that went into researching and making The Fifth Beatle graphic novel-- from convincing pro artists Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker to paint the book, to eventually securing the approval of The Beatles (Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison) -- who have always tightly guarded the band's longtime legacy in comics, both official and unofficial.

 1:00-2:00 - Valiant Comics: Armor Hunters, The Valiant, And Beyond!
Hot off the heels of 16 nominations at this year's Harvey Awards - including six for the industry's most nominated series, Quantum and Woody - find out why Valiant is one of the most talked-about publishers in comics today! Join an all-star panel of Valiant creators and staff right here for an in-depth discussion about the future of X-O ManowarUnityRaiHarbingerArcher & Armstrong, and more with writer James Asmus (Quantum and WoodyThe Delinquents), writer Ray Fawkes (Archer & Armstrong: The One Percent), writer Vivek J. Tiwary (Harbinger #25), colorist Brian Reber (UnityEternal Warrior: Days of Steel), colorist Laura Martin (Armor Hunters), Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons, Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani, and more - only at Baltimore Comic-Con! Plus: get your first look inside The Valiant - the new self-contained mini-series event coming this winter from superstar creators Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera!

 2:00-3:00 - Pros: Spawns of Fanzines & Fandom
Comic fanzines of the 60's and 70's were often a training ground for talented people who would soon develop into professionals in the comic industry. Join us for a lively discussion by several comics pros who came from the world of fandom, and how early participation in fanzines helped them further their careers. Panelists include Paul Levitz (former Publisher & President of DC), Mark Wheatley (Frankenstein Mobster/Breathtaker), Walt Simonson (Thor/Star Slammers), Marc Hempel (Sandman/Tug & Buster) and Rickey Shanklin (Blood of the Innocent/Blood of Dracula), with fanzine historian Aaron Caplan as Moderator.

 3:00-4:00 - Cosplay Intel 101
This Q&A forum will help cosplayers with tips on improving their costume, prop making, how to stay safe, and tips to improve your photography. This is open for all regardless if you are a novice or an expert.

4:00-5:00 - Gender and Comic Books
What is gender? Can we see it in comic books? Does gender make a difference in the comic book industry? If you have been paying attention, you know it is making a difference - in both good and bad ways. Learn how we can see gender in comics and how it influences us in how we think of ourselves and others. See the history of the Bechdel test, the more recent sexy lamp test, and the pros and cons of both. Join moderator and comic scholar Christy Blanch, as we explore masculinity, femininity, androgyny, and how ideas of gender have influenced the comics world.

 5:00-6:00 - What Does an Editor Do?
Something comics fans always wonder about is what an editor does. And with all the changes in comics over the years, how has the editor's job changed? Find out here as former DC editors Paul Levitz and Bob Greenberger, editor and Senior Vice President of Publishing of Marvel Comics Tom Brevoort, editor and Art Director at DC Comics Mark Chiarello, BOOM! Studios Editor-In-Chief Matt Gagnon, and Valiant's Editor-In-Chief Warren Simons talk editing!

Room 339-342
11:00-12:00 - CBLDF: Tales from The Code - True Stories of Censorship
For more than 50 years, American comic books were subject to the censorship of the Comics Code, a system born from a time when comics were burned in the streets and blamed for all of society's ills. Though the Code is gone, its influence remains. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund gathers Denny O'Neil, Jim Starlin, and other top storytellers who worked under the Code's strictures to tell the tales of how its censorship touched their creative visions.

 12:00-1:00 - Dave Gibbons Spotlight
Rogue TrooperDoctor WhoGreen LanternSupermanWatchmenGive Me LibertyThe Secret Service. Dave Gibbons' career in comics has encompassed all these series and more. Join moderator Barry Kitson for a look at the outstanding work of Dave Gibbons.

 1:00-2:00 - Matt Wagner Spotlight
Matt Wagner is the creator of Mage and Grendel and has worked with such characters as Batman, Zorro, The Shadow, Sandman, and many others. We celebrate the release of Grendel vs. The Shadow with this look back at his career with his son and colorist, Brennan Wagner, and Big Planet Comics' Greg Bennett.

 2:00-3:00 - Dynamite 10th Anniversary Celebration
Join Dynamite CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci as he takes a look back at the explosive rise of Dynamite Entertainment alongside comic book super stars Garth Ennis, Gail Simone, Mark Waid, Frank Teri, Duane Swierczynski, and Christina Blanch! A panel almost ten years in the making that you don't want to miss!

 3:00-4:00 - We Are BOOM!
Last year was a banner year for us here at BOOM! Studios, highlighted by the release of our first feature film, 2 Guns (starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) and a new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Archaia joined us as a new imprint, we expanded the all-ages KaBOOM! lineup, and we launched our newest imprint, BOOM! Box. Join BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie, Editor-In-Chief Matt Gagnon, and President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik, along with George Pérez (Sirens), James Tynion IV (The WoodsMemetic), Marguerite Bennett (Sleepy HollowButterfly), and Mark Waid (IrredeemableIncorruptible) as we share our mission to create the future of We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us.

 4:00-6:00 - The Last Fables Panel
The Last Fables Panel will feature Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Andrew Pepoy, Steve Leialoha,Todd Klein, and more of the extended Fables family for a whole TWO HOURS. Join them as they discuss the past, present, and future of the series.

Room 349-350
11:00-12:00 - Archie Forever: Life, Afterlife and Beyond
Archie is everywhere! Find out what's going on with Archie and the gang from an all-star cast of guests, including Francesco Francavilla (artist of Afterlife with Archie), Dan Parent (writer/artist, Kevin Keller), Michael Uslan (writer, "Farewell, Betty & Veronica"), Andrew Pepoy (writer/artist, Katy Keene), and Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel (creative team for The Fox).

 12:00-1:00 - This is Visionary: Headlocked, Deadlands, and More!
Join Visionary Comics' creators and celebrity guests as they reveal all the up-and-coming plans of the growing studio and digital publisher! Headlocked creator Mike Kingston and Jerry "The King" Lawler will get you up to date on Headlocked, and CCO C. Edward Sellner will share the latest on Deadlands, comics, novels and the TV series in development! Plus, new creators, new series and new initiatives, including an exclusive BCC announcement!

 1:00-2:00 - Self Publishing: Creating Your Own Characters
Writers and artists share the pros, cons, and challenges of developing original characters in the comics world. Featuring: Christina Blanch (Damnation of Charlie Wormwood), Amy Chu (Girls Night Out), Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle), Dean Haspiel (Red Hook), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), and Sarah Vaughn (Alex + Ada).

 2:00-3:00 - Paul Pope Spotlight
Paul Pope's comics are unique. You've never seen anything quite like Battling Boy100%THBBatman: Year 100, or any of his other many works, but once you try one, you'll want more. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about Pope and the fantastic comics he creates.

 3:00-4:00 - Spotlight on Gail Simone
Join Dynamite Entertainment Associate Editor Molly Mahan in conversation with Red Sonja scribe Gail Simone as they take a look at Gail's work on the She-Devil with a Sword, and her upcoming Women of Dynamite mini-series.  Don't miss this one-of-a-kind chance to meet Gail at this year's Baltimore Comic-Con.

 4:00-5:00 - Fred Hembeck Spotlight
Fred Hembeck is one of the best known cartoonists working today. His characters with curlicue elbows and knees are instantly recognizable. He's destroyed the Marvel Universe, roasted the Fantastic Four, and his Dateline:@#$% strip is a favorite of many longtime fans. Bob Greenberger moderates this look inside the mind of Fred Hembeck.

5:00-6:00 - Spotlight on Garth Ennis
Dynamite Entertainment's Senior Editor Joe Rybrandt sits down with legendary comic creator Garth Ennis for a one-on-one retrospective on Garth's body of work. From The Boys to Red Team, Garth Ennis has delivered some of his best comics to-date through Dynamite Entertainment. Come to this panel for a unique look at the master storyteller.

12:00-1:00 - Marvel Universe Panel
What's new in the Marvel Universe? What's happening with your favorite characters? Find out here as creators Charles Soule, Jim Starlin, Mark Waid, Mark Morales, and Marvel's Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort, take a look at the Marvel Universe!

 1:00-2:00 - Peanuts and Beyond: The Other Side of Charles M. Schulz
In this presentation by Karen Johnson (Director, Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center), discover unpublished artworks by Peanuts creator, Charles M. Schulz. Drawn from the collection of his namesake museum in Santa Rosa, California, this discussion will be highlighted by his childhood art, travel sketches, drawings for friends, and conceptual sketches of Snoopy and the Gang. BOOM! Studios' Editor-In-Chief Matt Gagnon will look at Schulz's legacy as seen in KaBOOM!'s Peanuts ongoing comic book series.

 2:00-3:00 - Spotlight on Miracleman
Who would have guessed that a revival of a character from the 1950s would become one of the 1980s' most popular and influential comics? And yet, that is exactly what happened with the revival of Marvelman/Miracleman. Join Marvel's Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort, Alan Davis, John Totleben, Rick Veitch, and Mark Buckingham as they take a look at this groundbreaking series.

 3:00-4:00 - DC Comics
Moderator(s): Bobbie Chase
Talent: Greg Capullo,Cliff Chiang, David Finch, Dan Jurgens, Aaron Kuder, Paul Levitz, Joe Prado, Ivan Reis, Peter Tomasi.
The heroes of DC Comics - The New 52 return to Baltimore for a star-studded, action-packed panel with all-star talent! Join the creators of DC Comics' most powerful and influential heroes and heroines for a sneak peek of what is to come next in the DC Universe!

4:00-5:00 - Frank Cho Live Drawing Demonstration
Watch and be amazed as Frank Cho creates a drawing masterpiece right before your eyes. The audience will suggest one character, one action, and one setting and Frank Cho will draw it in one hour on stage. The original art created by Frank Cho will be raffled off at the end of the drawing demonstration. Raffle tickets will be available at Frank Cho's booth.

All programs take place at the Workshop Area at the Kids Love Comics Pavilion

11:00-12:00 - Creating Comic Strips with Ben Taylor and Chris Otto
Do you have a funny idea for a comic strip? Chris Otto and Ben Taylor are the minds behind the popular webcomic, A Dog's Life. They'll share their insight on writing and drawing comic strips. Working with ideas from the audience, Chris and Ben will create a brand new comic strip.

12:00-1:00 - Learn to Draw Owly and Everything Else! with Andy Runton
Andy Runton teaches you how to pencil and ink your drawings. Open to kids, parents, and anyone who wants to learn how the professionals draw comics!

 1:00-2:00 - Doodle! Scribble! Draw! hosted by Mark Mariano
Franco and Gregg Schigiel VS. Chris Giarrusso and Jay Fosgitt.
Join in a frenetic game where you and professional comic artists pit scribbles against one another in a series of improvisational drawing quests. Do you have the courage to doodle silly things for a crowd? 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 - Light Saber Training with Jedi Master Jongal
Learn the ancient techniques of the light saber in this fun and safe workshop lead by Jedi Master Jongal of the Dagobah system.

 3:00-4:00 - The Three Secrets of Making Great Comics with Ben Hatke
Learn where stories come from, how to invent new characters, and how words and pictures work together. Ben touches on all this in his presentation that includes live drawing, masks, story card activities, and more. PLUS: The secret origin of Zita the Spacegirl!

 4:00-5:00 - Paperbag Puppet Pals with Chris O>Matic
Make a monster! Make a sidekick! Make a strange animal! With a paperbag, crayons, construction paper, gluesticks, and your imagination, your Puppet Pal can be whatever you want!

 5:00-6:00 - Cartooning with Cosleys, hosted by Jamie and Tyler Cosley
Can you make awesome monsters using basic shapes and ordinary words?!? You sure can! Join Jamie Cosley and his son Tyler Cosley as they teach kids to create their own cartoon characters! Tyler will also be on hand to encourage kids to write their own graphic novels. Tyler is thirteen-years-old and has written two!

 6:00-7:00 - 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 alongside a bunch of guest artists with DJ Chris O>Matic spinning the tunes.


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

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