Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Two More Join Future of Comics Row at Baltimore's Kids Love Comics Pavilion


Baltimore Comic-Con is right around the corner. The show hits the Inner Harbor September 25-27 and it's the 16th iteration of the event. It's always big on celebrating kids and to that end, young comic creators, Kate Davis, L.J. Fowlkes, Eric Mann and Trinity McKnight were announced as the winners of the Future of Comics contest. They earned a space in Baltimore Comic-Con's Kids Love Comics Pavilion to sell their books and art. This talented quartet won't be the only young creators showcasing their work.

"These kids have been coming to the Baltimore Comic-Con for years," explains Mark Mariano, Senior Director of Kids Love Comics. "We have seen them grow as artists and comic creators. Every year, they show us their work and every year it gets better and better." To honor their hard work and dedication to the craft of comic-making, young creators Mary Jane DeCarlo and Nicolas Aureliani have been chosen to be Future of Comics guests in the Pavilion.

Full press release below.
2 More Join Future of Comics Row at Baltimore's Kids Love Comics Pavilion
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - September 8, 2015 - Have you bought your tickets for the 2015 Baltimore Comic-Con? Returning to the Inner Harbor this September 25-27, the 16th annual show will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center.
The Baltimore Comic-Con celebrates kids' comics in a big way. Young comic creators, Kate DavisL.J. FowlkesEric Mann, and Trinity McKnight were announced as the winners of the Future of Comics contest. They earned a space in Baltimore Comic-Con's Kids Love Comics Pavilion to sell their books and art. This talented quartet won't be the only young creators showcasing their work.
Kids Love Comics saved two spots for two extraordinary kids. "These kids have been coming to the Baltimore Comic-Con for years," explains Mark Mariano, Senior Director of Kids Love Comics. "We have seen them grow as artists and comic creators. Every year, they show us their work and every year it gets better and better." To honor their hard work and dedication to the craft of comic-making, young creatorsMary Jane DeCarlo and Nicolas Aureliani have been chosen to be Future of Comics guests in the Pavilion.
Mary Jane DeCarlo

This won't be Mary Jane's first time exhibiting at the Baltimore Comic-Con. The 17-year-old Fairfax, Virginia native has had a table in Artists Alley the past two years. She enjoys creating comics, but her versatile art can be seen all throughout her high school. Murals painted in hallways and classrooms, logos on T-shirts, and illustrations in the school newspaper, Ms. DeCarlo has certainly left her mark. Playing guitar in a band with her brothers, John and Mike, may have inspired the story for her comic book. Just Fly is a beautifully illustrated comic about a trio of siblings who secretly perform as a rock band. They use their powers acquired onstage to fight against evil. Be sure to pick up the book when you meet her at the Kids Love Comics Pavilion and see why Mary Jane rocks.
Nicolas Aureliani

Nicolas grew up learning the craft of making comics from his father. His dad, Franco, is the award winning writer and artist of Tiny Titans,Itty Bitty Hellboy, and Aw Yeah Comics. Comic conventions are nothing new for Nicolas. He's helped out with workshops for the Kids Love Comics Pavilion, doing live drawing and encouraging kids to join in the giant drawing jam session known as Groove is in the Art. Nicolas is a 16-year-old with a brightly huge imagination. It shines through in every one of his crazy comic creations. Zombie Cat, Frankenbug, and Unicornea are some characters he helped create for Aw Yeah Comics. Nicolas also wrote stories for the twoAw Yeah Comics paperback collections published by Dark Horse. "I hope to do more with the characters I have created and make tons more," said the young creator. We can't wait to see more!
Mary Jane DeCarlo and Nicolas Aureliani are true inspirations for all young aspiring writers and artists. The Future of Comics row is part of the Kids Love Comics Pavilion. It features over 30 family-friendly comic creators and engaging workshops every hour.
TICKETS
General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, andSunday, as well as the Harvey Awards, are now on sale! Visitwww.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets now, and as always, kids 10 and under get into the show free with a paid adult General Admission!

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
While they are available, be sure to take advantage of discount rate arrangements we have made with hotels near the Baltimore Convention Center. For all the details, see:

In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year's confirmed guests for the show include: Neal Adams (All-New Captain America); Zeea Adams (Neal Adams Monsters); Brooke A. Allen (Lumberjanes); Scott Ambruson (Azteca: Ciudad Paradiso); Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); John Beatty (Secret Wars); Carolyn Belefski (Curls); Gregory Benton (Smoke); Paul Blackthorne (Arrow); Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Brett Blevins (New Mutants); Martin Brandt (Kidthulhu); Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts); Harold Buchholz (Archie Comics); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Bob Budiansky (courtesy of Hero Initiative, Transformers); Dave Bullock (Wednesday Comics); Buzz (JSA); Talent Caldwell (Grimm Fairy Tales Presents White Queen: Age of Darkness); Frank Cammuso (Salem Hyde); Chris Campana (Kantara); Joe Carabeo (Black Magic Tales); Jerry Carr (Trickster: Native American Tales); Richard Case (Doom Patrol); Christa Cassano (Ghetto Klown); Katie Cassiday (Arrow); Tommy Castillo (Squarriors); Jacob Chabot (SpongeBob Comics); Sean Chen (Secret Origins); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl); Amy Chu (Strange Sports Stories); Rich Clabaugh (The Graveyard Gang); Steve Conley (Bloop); Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn); Katie Cook (Gronk); Darwyn Cooke (Richard Stark's Parker); Mike Curtis (Dick Tracy); Matt Daley (Lantern City); Keith Davidsen (Reanimator); Rachel Deering (In the Dark: A Horror Anthology); Vito Delsante (Stray); Todd Dezago (Perhapanauts); Charles Dowd (Lilith Dark); Joe Eisma (Morning Glories); Tod Emko (A Piggy's Tale); Joe Endres (Colossians); G.D. Falksen (The Ouroboros Cycle); Jules Feiffer (Kill My Mother); Tim Fielder (Dieselfunk Studios' Matty's Rocket, Saturday and Sunday only); David Finch (Wonder Woman); Chris Flick (Capes & Babes); Ramona Fradon (Spongebob Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular); Otis Frampton (Oddly Normal); Francesco Francavilla (Secret Wars: Battleworld); Franco (Itty Bitty Hellboy); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Katie Gallagher (Zoey and Ketchup); Jack and Will Gallagher (E.P.i.C. Bros.); S.L. Gallant (G.I. Joe); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman '66: The Lost Episode); Bryan J.L. Glass (The Mice Templar); Mike Gold (Hawkworld); Jimmy Gownley (The Dumbest Idea Ever!); Keron Grant (Father's Day); Mike Grell (courtesy of Hero Initiative,Action Comics); Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred); Eric Grissom (Planet Gigantic); Allan Gross (Cryptozoo Crew); Laura Lee Gulledge (Will & Whit); Laura Guzzo (Princeless: Short Stories for Warrior Women); Cully Hamner (Convergence: The Question); Scott Hanna (The New 52: Futures End); Tony Harris (Justice League United); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Russ Heath (G.I. Combat); Marc Hempel (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream); Eric Henson (The Perhapanauts: Danger Down Under); h-eri (Ivory Dragon Studios); Ken Hunt (Talon); Jamal Igle (Molly Danger); Geof Isherwood (Suicide Squad); Klaus Janson (Superman); Dave Johnson (Inhumans: Attilan Rising); Dani Jones (My Sister the Freak); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Justin Jordan (Legacy of Luther Strode); Chris Kemple (Red Vengeance); Tom King (Grayson); Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Greg LaRocque (The Avengers); Dan Leister (Grimm Fairy Tales); Mike Lilly (Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Robyn Hood); John Lind (Harvey Kurtzman's Jungle Book: Essential Kurtzman Vol. 1); Joe Linsner (Red Sonja); Nate Lovett (Midnight Tiger); Kevin Maguire (Justice League); Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space); Mike Manley (Darkhawk); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Laura Martin (Star Wars); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Mike McKone (Justice League United); Bob McLeod (Secret Wars); Pop Mhan (He-Man: The Eternity War); Kevin Miller (The Cat Maiden); Chris Miskiewicz (Thomas Alsop); Terry Moore (Rachel Rising); Mark Morales (Convergence); Nen (The Memory Collectors); Edward James Olmos (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.); Chris O>Matic (The Chris O>Matic Show); John Ostrander (Suicide Squad); Chris Otto (A Dog's Life); Greg Pak (Storm); Tom Palmer (The Avengers); Jimmy Palmiotti (The Con Job); Dan Parent (Archie); Jeff Parker (Justice League United); Doug Paszkiewicz (Arsenic Lullabies); Brent Peeples (Legenderry: Green Hornet); Andrew Pepoy (Afterlife with Archie); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Uncanny X-Men); Khoi Pham (X-Men Legacy); Mark Poulton (A Cat Named Haiku); Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic); Kyle Puttkammer (Hero Cats); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Tom Raney (Avengers Vs.); Mary Reed (The Cat Maiden); Ireland Reid (Cosplay); Sara Richard (Jem and the Holograms); Rafer Roberts (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream); David Rodriguez (Skylanders); Dave Roman (StarBunny Inc.); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Craig Rousseau (Batman Beyond); Andy Runton (Owly); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Raphael Sbarge (Once Upon a Time); Dan Schkade (The Spirit); Arlen Schumer (Silver Age of Comic Book Art); Chris Schweizer (The Creeps); Jeff Shultz (Betty and Veronica); Bart Sears (Bloodshot);Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman - The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Convergence: Superman - The Man of Steel); Matt Slay (The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo); Andy Smith (Earth 2); Matthew Dow Smith (X-Files Season 10); JK Snyder III (Doctor Mid-Nite); Scott Snyder (Batman Eternal); Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans); Mark Sparacio (Sgt. Rock); Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity Relativity); Joe Staton (Dick Tracy); Brian Stelfreeze (Day Men); Peter Stone (Shattered Krystal); Paul Storrie (Sheena, Queen of the Jungle); Karl Story (Thors); Joe St. Pierre (New Zodiax); Marcio Takara (Armor Wars); Eric Talbot (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); Ben Taylor (A Dog's Life); Ben Templesmith (Gotham by Midnight); Mark Texeira (Ghost Racers); Frank Tieri (Suicide Squad); Vivek J. Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle); Peter Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Jeremy Treece (King: Mandrake the Magician); Tim Truman (Hawkman); Billy Tucci (Shi); Ted Tucker (Caricature art); James Tynion (Constantine: The Hellblazer); Ethan Van Sciver (Green Lantern); Emilio Velez Jr. (The Dodgeball Teens); Charles Vess (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream); Brennan Wagner (Django/Zorro); Matt Wagner (Grendel); Mark Waid (Daredevil); John Watson (Red Sonja); Todd Webb (Mr. Toast Comics); Mark Wheatley (Jungle Tales of Tarzan); Matt Wieringo ('Ringo Scholarship Fund); Marcus Williams (Hero Cats); Marv Wolfman (courtesy of Hero Initiative, Convergence: New Teen Titans); Rich Woodall (Kyrra); Brian Woodward (Baltimore Comic-Con 2015 Yearbook); Bernie Wrightson (The Ghoul Treasury Edition); Annie Wu (Black Canary); Kelly Yates (Doctor Who); Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friends Forever); and Mike Zeck (Secret Wars). 
   
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 ourwebsiteTwitter, 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
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 Kids Love Comics
Kids Love Comics is all about sharing up-to-date and important information about graphic novels and comics for children, teens, and kids of all ages. KLC is aimed as a resource for parents, educators, librarians, teachers, book buyers, and retailers to learn and get news about graphic novels for kids. The Kids Love Comics Pavilion travels to several comic conventions and provides a fun and safe environment for families to discover talented artists and great stories for kids. Their live programming at comic conventions, libraries, and schools encourages creativity and imagination through fun and engaging workshops. Be a part of the fun at KidsLoveComics.net.

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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