Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Baltimore Comic-Con Brings Big Names

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This year's Baltimore Comic-Con promises to be bigger than ever. To help facilitate that larger than life mentality, the show organizers have announced that Cliff Chiang, Ramona Fradon, Paul Levitz and Peter Tomasi will all be making an appearance at the show.

"These four guests are by no means the only talent coming to the show in 2015 with work past and present from DC Comics, but all four are highly esteemed for their bodies of work there," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "We love to be able to bring talent of this caliber to the show, both for the fans and for ourselves!"

Chiang began his career as an assistant editor at DC before moving over to the creative side. He has provided art for titles such as Human Target, Beware the Creeper, Green Arrow/Black Canary and Wonder Woman. You can find his pencils gracing DC Comics covers for Batgirl and Batman Eternal. Fradon spent much of her comics career at DC Comics working on titles like Adventure Comics, Brave and the Bold, Plastic Man, Freedom Fighters and a very long run on Super Friends. In recent years, she continues to be active on titles like DC's Convergence: Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters, Bongo Entertainment's Spongebob Comics and Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular and Marvel's Invaders Now!, Namora and Girl Comics.

Levitz has been a mainstay at DC Comics since 1972, serving as a writer, editor, and President (2002 - 2009) over the tenure of his career. He created such notable characters as the Stalker, the Earth-2 Huntress and Lucien the Librarian. Levitz has since returned to writing the Legion of Super-Heroes for the New 52, as well as the Earth-2 centric book, World's Finest. Tomasi is a writer and editor best known for his work at DC Comics, editing such titles as Green Lantern, the Batman titles, Aquaman, Hawkman and JSA before being promoted to Senior Editor in 2003.

Full press release below.


Legendary DC Creators Chiang, Fradon, Levitz, and Tomasi Come to Baltimore
  
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - May 4, 2015 - Join us in Baltimore's Inner Harbor the weekend of September 25-27, 2015 for the 16th annual Baltimore Comic-Con! Held at the Baltimore Convention Center, we are proud to announce the appearance of legendary DC Comics creators Cliff Chiang, Ramona Fradon, Paul Levitz, and Peter Tomasi.


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A Harvard graduate with a joint degree in English Literature and Visual Arts, Cliff Chiang began his career as an assistant editor at DC before moving over to the creative side. He has provided art for titles such as Human Target, Beware the Creeper, Green Arrow/Black Canary, and Wonder Woman. You can find his pencils gracing DC Comics covers for Batgirl and Batman Eternal.
Beginning her extensive comics career in the 1950s, Parsons School of Design graduate Ramona Fradon is responsible for artwork in many comics, past and present. She spent much of her comics career at DC Comics working on titles like Adventure Comics, Brave and the Bold, Plastic Man, Freedom Fighters, and a very long run on Super Friends. Moving to comic strips, Fradon took over art duties on Brenda Starr from 1980 until her retirement from the title in 1995. In recent years, she continues to be active on titles like DC's Convergence: Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters, Bongo Entertainment's Spongebob Comics and Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular, and Marvel's Invaders Now!, Namora, and Girl Comics.
Paul Levitz has been a mainstay at DC Comics since 1972, serving as a writer, editor, and President (2002 - 2009) over the tenure of his career. His name is synonymous with the Legion of Super-Heroes, which he wrote from 1977-1979 and 1981-1989, and he created such notable characters as the Stalker, the Earth-2 Huntress, and Lucien the Librarian. Levitz has since returned to writing the Legion of Super-Heroes for the New 52, as well as the Earth-2 centric book, World's Finest. Last year, Levitz moved onto the next phase of his career, accepting a Board of Directors position with BOOM! Studios. He is currently writing Dr. Fate and Convergence: World's Finest Comics for DC Comics.

Peter Tomasi is a writer and editor best known for his work at DC Comics. He began his career in 1993, editing such titles as Green Lantern, the Batman titles, Aquaman, Hawkman, and JSA before being promoted to Senior Editor in 2003. In 2007, Tomasi decided to move from editing to writing full-time and, in 2010, took over writing Batman and Robin with issue #20. Since the launch of the New 52, Tomasi helmed the new volumes of both Batman and Robin and Green Lantern Corps. His recent work can be found on DC's Batman: Arkham Knight and Batman and Frankenstein.

"These four guests are by no means the only talent coming to the show in 2015 with work past and present from DC Comics, but all four are highly esteemed for their bodies of work there," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "We love to be able to bring talent of this caliber to the show, both for the fans and for ourselves!"


This year's confirmed guests for the show include: Neal Adams (All-New Captain America); Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Sean Chen (Secret Origins); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl); Steve Conley (Bloop); Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn); Katie Cook (Gronk); Darwyn Cooke (Richard Stark's Parker); Ramona Fradon (Spongebob Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Cully Hamner (Convergence: The Question); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets); Klaus Janson (Superman); Dave Johnson (Inhumans: Attilan Rising); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Seth Kushner (Schmuck); Paul Levitz (Convergence: World's Finest Comics); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Terry Moore (Rachel Rising); Tom Palmer (The Avengers); Jimmy Palmiotti (The Con Job); Dan Parent (Archie); Andrew Pepoy (Afterlife with Archie); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Matteo Scalera (Black Science); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman - The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Convergence: Superman - The Man of Steel); Andy Smith (Earth 2); Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans); Marcio Takara (Armor Wars); Ben Templesmith (Gotham by Midnight); Frank Tieri (Suicide Squad); Peter Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Charles Vess (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream); Mark Waid (Daredevil); John Watson (Red Sonja); Kelly Yates (Doctor Who); and Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friends Forever). 
   
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.

  
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
registrar@baltimorecomiccon.com- for exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley 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 16th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. 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 10 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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