Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Steve Conley on his Middle Age Kickstarter campaign

by Mike Rhode

Former NoVA resident Steve Conley is still in our hearts (and our pocketbooks) so we reached out to hear a bit more about his newest Kickstarter campaign to fund a hardcover collection of his The Middle Age webcomic.

What's The Middle Age?

The Middle Age is a fantasy, humor webcomic about a middle-aged knight stuck with a cursed, sarcastic sword and on a quest to rescue his love from dragons. The story launched in 2016 and has been lucky enough to receive ‘Best Webcomic’ nominations in both the San Diego Comic-Con International’s Eisner Awards and the Baltimore Comic-Con’s Ringo Awards.

Is the story open-ended, or do you have a limit planned for it?

It’s a novel-length story building toward a specific ending but there is has plenty of room to continue afterward. As of now, we’re currently four chapters in to a roughly twelve-chapter story.

You've done previous Kickstarters, including one for your green space monkey character Bloop - do they get less stressful? Have they all been successful?

Each one has been equally stressful and even though I’ve learned a lot from every campaign, every project has been different enough to create all new stresses. That said, the response to all three Kickstarter projects has been very kind and we’ve managed to reach each goal within 48 hours.

Is Bloop coming back? How about Astounding Space Thrills?

I would love to continue working on those but between The Middle Age and freelance work, I just don’t have the time. I’m hoping that as my Patreon support continues to grow, I’ll be able to afford more time to work on more stories.

Speaking of that, how is Patreon working for you?

I have to say it’s been wonderful.The sixty supporters I have on Patreon really help keep me going. The amount of money raised helps pay a few bills and the emotional support is tremendous. We’re now just 40 supporters shy of doubling the amount of The Middle Age comics I can produce each month. And I believe that having two episodes per week will do wonders for readership and help us just keep building momentum. Slow and steady!

Sept 1: Cartoons and comics at the National Book Festival UPDATED

The Library of Congress' National Book Festival is free and at the Convention Center.



2:40 pm-3:10 pmPatrick McDonnell5:30 pm-6:30 pm
3:10 pm-3:40 pmTillie Walden5:30 pm-6:30 pm
3:10 pm-3:40 pmPénélope Bagieu5:30 pm-6:30 pm
3:40 pm-4:10 pmEd Piskor5:30 pm-6:30 pm




It appears that the above is the biggest chunk of time to see cartoonists, all on the 'genre' stage. Corrections and additions are welcomed.



Pénélope Bagieu

At the 2018 National Book Festival

Presentation

  • Genre Fiction
    Saturday, September 1
    3:10 pm - 3:40 pm

Book Signing

  • Saturday, September 1
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Pénélope Bagieu was born in Paris in 1982 to Corsican and Basque parents. She is a best-selling graphic novel author, and her editorial illustrations have appeared all over the French media. In America, her graphic novels include "Exquisite Corpse," "California Dreamin'" and, most recently, "Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World" (First Second). She blogs, plays drums in a rock band and watches lots of nature shows. Bagieu is also the creator of the animated film "No More Laughter," and she has done work on many advertising campaigns.

At the 2018 National Book Festival

Presentation

  • Children's Green Stage
    Saturday, September 1
    10:40 am - 11:05 am

Book Signing

  • Saturday, September 1
    noon - 1:00 pm
Harry Bliss is a cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker. He has illustrated many picture books, including the No. 1 New York Times best-selling series by Doreen Cronin that began with "Diary of a Worm," and he has both written and illustrated several picture books, including "Grace for Gus" and "Luke on the Loose." Harry Bliss lives in New Hampshire. His new book is "Good Rosie!" (Candlewick), written by Kate DiCamillo.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

 

Roxane Gay

http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/author/roxane_gay

At the 2018 National Book Festival

Presentation

  • Genre Fiction
    Saturday, September 1
    4:10 pm - 4:40 pm

Book Signing

  • Saturday, September 1
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Roxane Gay’s writing appears in “Best American Mystery Stories 20140,” “Best American Short Stories 2012,” “Best Sex Writing 2012,” and the magazines Harper’s Bazaar, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review and many others. She is also a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. Gay is the author of the books “Ayiti,” “An Untamed State,” the New York Times best-selling “Bad Feminist,” the national best-selling “Difficult Women” and the New York Times best-selling “Hunger: A Memoir of My Body.” She is also the author of “Black Panther: World of Wakanda” (Marvel) and the editor of “Best American Short Stories 2018.” Gay is currently at work on film and television projects, a book of writing advice, an essay collection about television and culture and a young adult novel, “The Year I Learned Everything.”

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

 

Patrick McDonnell

At the 2018 National Book Festival

Presentation

  • Genre Fiction
    Saturday, September 1
    2:40 pm - 3:10 pm

Book Signing

  • Saturday, September 1
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

At the 2018 National Book Festival

Presentation

  • Genre Fiction
    Saturday, September 1
    10:00 am - 10:45 am

Book Signing

  • Saturday, September 1
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Brad Meltzer is the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author of "The Inner Circle," "The Book of Fate" and nine other best-selling thrillers, including "The Tenth Justice," "The First Counsel," "The Millionaires" and "The President's Shadow." His newest book is "The Escape Artist" (Grand Central). In addition to his fiction, Meltzer has been on the best-seller lists with the nonfiction "History Decoded," children's books such as "Heroes for My Son" and "Heroes for My Daughter," and for comic books such as "Justice League of America."

Previous National Book Festival Appearances


At the 2018 National Book Festival

Presentation

  • Genre Fiction
    Saturday, September 1
    3:40 pm - 4:10 pm

Book Signing

  • Saturday, September 1
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Ed Piskor is the writer and artist behind "X-Men: Grand Design" (Marvel). This deeply personal and heavily researched reimagining of the origins of the world famous X-Men incorporates the past 40 years of the title's history and has been met with critical acclaim from all corners of the comics world. Piskor is also the creator behind "Hip Hop Family Tree," the New York Times best-selling series that won the 2015 Eisner Award for best reality-based work. Piskor's other published works include "Wizzywig" and, in collaboration with Harvey Pekar, "American Splendor" and "The Beats: A Graphic History." Ed teaches classes on comics and lives in Pennsylvania.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances


At the 2018 National Book Festival

Presentation

  • Genre Fiction
    Saturday, September 1
    3:10 pm - 3:40 pm

Book Signing

  • Saturday, September 1
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Tillie Walden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Ausin, Texas. She is a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies and is a two-time Eisner nominee and Ignatz Award winner. She is the author of the graphic novels "Spinning" (First Second) and "On a Sunbeam." "Spinning" is about Walden's years as a competitive figure skater. She lives in Los Angeles.


Friday, August 10, 2018

DCist on Otakon

No, You're Not Hallucinating: Those Are Pokemon Characters Strolling Through Downtown D.C.


Otakon started today

Whoops.


August 10-12, 2018

Walter E. Washington
Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001


Comic Riffs talks to Kihara Hirokatsu

Studio Ghibli veteran arrives at D.C.'s Otakon as a passionate ambassador for anime


Sept 14: Meet Author Drew Daywalt and Illustrator Scott Campbell



Meet Author Drew Daywalt and Illustrator Scott Campbell
Friday, September 14: 6 pm
We are super excited to welcome back #1 best-selling author Drew Daywalt! He's bringing illustrator Scott Campbell aka Scott C with him to present and sign their new picture book, Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy. This hilarious story of a young boy doing everything he can to avoid bedtime is sure to become a story time favorite!

This is event is free, but you must purchase your book from Hooray for Books! to join the signing line. To reserve your spot in the line, please stop by the bookstore or give us a call at 703-548-4092. 

Recommended for readers 4 and up.
Hooray for Books!® | 1555 King St • Alexandria, VA 22314 | 703.548.4092

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Anime for All started today at Library of Congress

July 30, 2018 Library of Congress Presents "Anime for All"

East-Asian Culture, Mythology and Pop Culture on Display for Anime Fandoms

Press Contact: Bryonna Head (202) 707-3073
Public Contact: Sasha Dowdy (202) 707-3173
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov

A display of Japanese woodblock prints and medieval picture scrolls, a family-friendly cosplay workshop and a free talk with famed Japanese writer and director Kihara Hirokatsu will highlight the Library of Congress' series of events being presented in conjunction with Otakon, Washington, D.C.'s annual convention celebrating Asian pop culture (anime, manga, music, movies, video games, etc.) and its fandom. 

"Anime for All," a celebration of east-Asian culture, mythology, pop culture and inspiration will be held Wednesday, Aug. 8 through Friday, Aug. 10 in the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington D.C. The series of events will showcase Japanese storytelling traditions that have been transformed into modern day forms of art and will seek to illuminate how Japan's ancient history has played a significant role in pop-culture and how it continues to inspire creativity in the arts.

Events are free and open to the public. Tickets are available for some of the "Anime for All" activities, but are not required. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit this event ticketing site for more information and to secure your ticket. Entry is not guaranteed.

  Media wishing to cover the event must RSVP no later than Tuesday, Aug. 7. Additional details about coverage opportunities will follow.

Fans of anime, manga and Japanese pop culture have much to explore in the Library's collections. The Prints and Photographs division contains over 2,500 Japanese woodblock prints from the Edo Period through the 21st Century. The Asian Division's collection is the largest repository of Japanese language materials outside of Japan, totaling 1.2 million monograph volumes with a rare book collection exceeding 5,900 items, dating as far back as the 8th century. The Serials and Government Publications division houses over 140,000 comic books, including treasures such as the rare early English-language editions of "Astro Boy," "Macross," and "Ultraman."

The series will conclude on Saturday, Aug. 11 with a panel discussion featuring Library of Congress experts on various ways Otakon audiences can connect with the Library of Congress and its resources. The speakers will share some of the east-Asian treasures that are available on-site and online at the Library and how they can engage with these materials. The U.S. Copyright Office will provide information on how to create works inspired by our collection items without infringement and methods to protect intellectual property. An Otakon 2018 ticket is required for attendance. For more information on Otakon, visit this site.

The excitement can be followed on Twitter at @librarycongress.

The programming includes:

Wednesday, Aug. 8
11 a.m., Great Hall, first floor
Pop Up Performance 
Visitors are invited to stop in the Library's Great Hall for a performance from Japanese musical talents, The Washington Toho Koto Society. Tickets are available, but are not required. Visit this event ticketing site for more information.

Thursday, Aug. 9
10 a.m. — 3:30 p.m., Whittall Pavilion, ground floor
"Anime for All" Display
This display will trace the history of Japanese graphic arts and storytelling into the modern day. Visitors will see examples of medieval picture scrolls, depicting legends of heroic monks and tales of anthropomorphic animals, that experts consider to be among the earliest examples of manga in history. Also on display are illustrations of yokai, supernatural monsters from Japanese folklore that inspire modern day creatures in manga and anime, and the woodcut figure of Hangaku Gozen, a historical woman warrior in full armor on a rearing horse. Fans of mecha will encounter the first English translations of "Robotech," and enjoy the manga adaptation of Ghibli Studios' "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind." Visitors can also explore how graphically represented stories evolved from religious origins into popular tales of samurai heroism and, ultimately, the modern day renditions enjoyed around the globe. No tickets required. 

11 a.m. — 4 p.m., Young Readers Center, ground floor 
Cosplay Workshop
Cosplayers will demonstrate how they develop characters. Families are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters. Free and open to the public. No tickets required.   

11:30 a.m. — noon, Young Readers Center, ground floor 
Cosplay Demonstration 
Library of Congress Young Readers Center staff and cosplayers will give a demonstration on how to create a manga drawing. Families are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters. Free and open to the public. No tickets required.  
NOTE: Participants must comply with Cosplay & Costume Weapons Guidelines, below.

1 p.m., Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor  
Film Screening
"The Tale of Princess Kaguya," a film by Isao Takahata. This film is rated PG.

5 p.m. — 6 p.m., Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor  
Kihara Hirokatsu, LIVE
Studio Ghibli writer, producer and director Kihara Hirokatsu will discuss his experience in Japanese anime production and the inspirations for his latest projects. Hirokatsu will give the talk in Japanese with an English interpreter. Free and open to the public. Tickets are available, but are not required. Visit this event ticketing site for more information.

At sundown, north lawn of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building
Film Screening 
"Superman" (1978) (2017 National Film Registry)
Presented part of the Library's "LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn" series. Attendees are encouraged to dress in Superman cosplay. Tickets are available, but are not required. Visit this event ticketing site for more information.
NOTE: Participants must comply with Cosplay & Costume Weapons Guidelines, below.

Friday, Aug. 10  
10:30 a.m. — 11:15 a.m., Young Readers Center, ground floor
Japanese Story Time 
The Young Readers Center hosts story time for babies and toddlers about Japanese culture, featuring Japanese stories, music, and art. All children and teens under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Space is limited and is available at first come, first served basis.

Saturday, Aug. 11 
2 p.m., Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Library of Congress at Otakon *

Join Library of Congress staff members for a panel discussion about the east-Asian collections held at the Library. Panelists will share highlights of the collections, provide insights on the how you can access the collection items and share how attendees can protect their intellectual property. 
* Otakon 2018 ticket required for attendance. For more information on Otakon, visit the site.

"Anime for All" is free programming presented by the Library of Congress. Those interested in supporting free programs at the Library can contact devofc@loc.gov.

The Library of Congress is the world's largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States — and extensive materials from around the world — both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov, and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

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Cosplay and Costume Weapons Guidelines

The following guidelines of the U.S. Capitol Police will apply:

  • Weapons and replicas of weapons are generally prohibited on Capitol Grounds.  Participants should not attempt to enter any building on Capitol Grounds other than the specific event locations while in possession of a fake or "Costume Weapon."
  • Costume Weapons will be inspected by the U.S. Capitol Police prior to entry into any of the event locations.
  • For operational and security reasons, guests may not enter any of the event locations or pass through screening while wearing masks or with their faces covered in any way that would obscure identification.
  • Wearing masks on Capitol Grounds is permitted at the discretion of the United States Capitol Police. If directed, participants must immediately remove costume masks.

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PR 18-096
2018-07-30
ISSN 0731-3527


Small Press Expo Announces Programming Schedule for SPX 2018




For Immediate Release
Contact: Eden Miller
 
Small Press Expo Announces Programming Schedule for SPX 2018
 
Bethesda, Maryland - August 8, 2018
 
Media Release - Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the Programming Schedule for SPX 2018. SPX is continuing the festival's established tradition of rich, thought provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule features 22 sessions with two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16.

SPX is proud to have comiXology Originals as the sole sponsor for the Programming Schedule at SPX 2018 and appreciates it support of the show.

Here are some highlights:
  • The Universes Of Rebecca Sugar: Rebecca Sugar is a cartoonist, writer, and ukuleleist currently living in Los Angeles. She is the author of the comics Pug Davis, Margo in Dread, Don't Cry For Me I'm Already Dead, among others. In her free time, Rebecca is also a multiple Annie and Emmy Award-nominated storyboard artist, and creator of the groundbreaking television show, Steven Universe. In this spotlight panel, Rebecca will be interviewed about her groundbreaking series Steven Universe, as well as life in the animation industry, representation in children's television, and her own personal history with comics & zines. Rebecca will be interviewed by Youth in Decline publisher, Ryan Sands.

  • Trans Memoir: For trans artists, memoir is an especially important form of self-expression. It directly addresses issues related to visibility, and it gives personal narratives related to transitioning a format that allows the artist to explore experiences over time. It also empowers creators by giving them total control over how they choose to depict themselves pictorially. Moderator Sara L. Jewell will explore these and other topics with panelists Carta Monir (Secure Connect), L.Nichols (Flocks), Maia Kobabe (Genderqueer), Gabriel Howell (Father) and Julia Kaye (Up And Out).

  • Derf Presents My Friend Dahmer Screening and Q&A: Join creator Derf in a showing of the critically acclaimed film made from his international best-selling graphic novel, My Friend Dahmer. Derf will talk about the process of getting the graphic novel made into a film, as well as take questions after the screening. The book has been translated into over a dozen languages and won the prestigious Angouléme Prize in 2014. Comics historian and SPX Executive Director Warren Bernard will host Derf and the screening.

  • Look Back and Laugh: Youth and Autobiography: Our renowned panelists Dash Shaw (New School), Kat Fajardo (Gringa!), Carta Monir (Secure Connect) and Nate Powell (Come Again) have all created beautiful books about the trials and triumphs of youth. Here with moderator Johanna Draper Carlson, they discuss what goes into making a book that's meant to capture the authenticity of an era you only see in hindsight.

  • Cutting Up: Julie Doucet's Reinventions from Dirty Plotte to Carpet Sweeper Tales: With her medium-defining comic Dirty Plotte now set to be available to fans in full for the first time since its original serialization, SPX is honored to host Julie Doucet for a conversation about her long and varied artistic career. At the forefront of a generation of artists whose work bridged the gap between the self-published underground of zines and minicomics and the alternative comics peddled by independent houses, Doucet's career nevertheless refuses to settle into one medium. Feminist media scholar Rachel Miller will join Julie for a free-wheeling exploration of her work from comics to collages, dreams to diaries, and all the talking Tampax and rowdy alley cats in between.

  • Jules Feiffer: When A Legend Lives In The Shadows: Don't miss comics' greatest living Renaissance man! How do you top yourself after your work has received the Academy Award and the Pulitzer Prize — and you've been inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame? In the case of legendary Jules Feiffer, you enjoy a creative rejuvenation after age 80 by diving into noir graphic novels. Feiffer concludes his acclaimed noir trilogy with the new book The Ghost Script. Feiffer and moderator Michael Cavna, columnist/cartoonist at The Washington Post, will delve into Feiffer's new burst of inspiration, including sci-fi fantasies for young readers, and cartooning in the age of Trump.
ComiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is a revolutionary, cloud-based digital comics service. With content from over 125 publishers as well as thousands of independent creators from around the world, comiXology provides an unrivaled library of comic books, graphic novels, manga and bandes dessinées. The company's first-in-class innovations include the exclusive Guided View technology which provides an immersive and cinematic reading experience and a new monthly subscription service. ComiXology is based in New York City, with operations in Seattle and Los Angeles. For more information, visit comixology.com and follow the company on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.
Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings together more than 650 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. The expo includes a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year's guests.

The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.

As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals. For more information on the CBLDF, visit their website at http://www.cbldf.org. For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit http://www.smallpressexpo.com.
Small Press Expo
P.O. Box 5704
Bethesda, Maryland
20824
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Comic Strip of the Day at the Daily Cartoonist gives some love to Colonial Comics

Smithsonian talks Nancy reboot

The Revamped "Nancy" Is the Perfect Comic Strip for 2018

The comic's first woman artist mines her own girlhood experience to make the eternally 8-year-old, cookie-loving grouch even funnier


NPR talks to breakout graphic novelist Emil Ferris

Fwd: BCC Welcomes Dorman, Geiger, Hall, McTeigue, Richardson, and Wiacek




BCC Welcomes Dorman, Geiger, Hall, McTeigue, Richardson, and Wiacek

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 8, 2018 - Baltimore Comic-Con falls on the weekend of September 28-30, 2018 and will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center in Balitmore's Inner Harbor. Advance tickets are now available for purchase. The Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased to announce first-time guests Dave Dorman, Steve Geiger, Bob Hall, Dawn McTeigue, Roy Richardson, and Bob Wiacek  to the show in 2018.
Star Wars by Dave Dorman
Dave Dorman is an Eisner, Inkpot, and Bram Stoker Award-winning artist, toy designer, filmmaker and storyteller. Dorman spent his childhood in Hawaii, traveled as an Air Force brat, and played tight end for state championship football team for Friendly, MD High School. He graduated from Joe Kubert School and was voted #1 Star Wars artist by The Official Best of Star Wars Magazine fans. He has worked for Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse Comics and won an Eisner Award for Aliens: Tribes. Dorman has been a book publisher, a full-time illustrator, a pop culture and film enthusiast, and is the creator of The Wasted Lands. Dave provided over 100 realistic pieces of artwork for GI Joe action figures in the mid-1980s, and was later approached in the mid-1990s for art to the larger sized action figures.
Incredible Hulk by Steve Geiger
For the past twenty years, Steve Geiger has served as a professional artist in the advertising and comic book fields. After graduating from Buffalo State University, he began his career as an apprentice to the legendary comic book artist John Romita Sr. He was soon hired on staff, and eventually was named Managing Art Director for The Marvel Entertainment Group. Throughout his career, he has served as a regular artist on such comics as Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Bloodshot, Scion, Lorelei, and Samuree. Steve has also illustrated many covers and one-shots for such titles as The X-Men, Punisher: War Journal, Fantastic Four, Batman, and countless others. He is now launching his own enterprise, The Evilgeiger Empire, an entertainment development company devoted to the creation, implementation, and production of original content and creator-owned concepts and characters. Current projects include: 412 Comics, Bender, The Henchman with Devin Hylton, Gabriel Damascus, Cutter, and Plowboy in the Cornmeal Universe with Hollywood Animation. Steve lives in Williamsville, NY with his wife Kristy and their children, Steven III and Scarlett Evelyn.
Bob Hall had a long association with Marvel Comics, where at one time or another he drew most of the major books and characters such as The Champions, Spider-Man, Dr. Doom, Conan, Thor, The Fantastic Four, The Submariner, Captain America, PSI Force, The Avengers, and The New Mutants. He was the artist for the West Coast Avengers mini-series and was the primary artist on the original Squadron Supreme. He drew movie adaptations of Willow, Dark Man, and the notorious first Captain America movie, as well as pencils and inks for the graphic novel, Emperor Doom. Bob was an editor at Marvel in 1979. For Valiant, he wrote and penciled the monthly series Shadowman, wrote Timewalker, and then created Armed and Dangerous, a black and white "comicbook-noir" series. For DC, he wrote and drew the Batman graphic novel projects, Batman DOA, I Joker, and It's Jokertime. In 2016, he wrote and drew an educational/fantasy about the measles virus for the University of Nebraska called Carnival of Contagion. Bob is a member of the National Cartoonists Society, Actors Equity Association, and the Society for Directors and Choreographers. His work can be seen at www.bobhall.com. Commissions and original art are available through www.catskillcomics.com. He can be messaged on Facebook.
Batman by Dawn McTeigue
Dawn McTeigue is a comic book artist. You can see her work as an interior artist for Rothic's Southern Nightgown, REM:8, DiVinica, and for DC Comics' Harley Quinn & her Gang of Harleys #5 as well as cover artist for Rothic, DC Comics, Coffin Comics, Lady Mechanika, Aspen, Dark Horse/Dynamite, Valiant, and Zenescope. Dawn also streams art on Twitch a few times a week to show the process of creating comic art. Dawn lives in Calgary, Canada with her husband and three kids.
Generation X by Roy Richardson
Roy Richardson was inspired to pursue a comics career by the work of Jack Kirby, the ground breaking Fourth World series in particular. He has worked for all the major publishers, on such books as Captain America, Iron Man, The Flash, Star Wars, and his own co-creation, The Tomorrow Knights, which has been adapted into a role-playing game from ZMan Games. He also worked for 15 years in collaboration with his wife (and BCC guest) June Brigman, inking, lettering, and coloring the Brenda Starr comic strip. The pair have recently taken over the artistic reins of the long-running Mary Worth comic strip, and their new comic book series Captain Ginger will be debuting from Ahoy Comics this Fall. Roy is also hard at work on his first book of short stories, entitled Hillbillies Prefer Blondes, tales of growing up in the South in the 1970's. His online portfolio can be seen at www.ArtWanted.com/royart.
Uncanny X-Men by Bob Wiacek
Bob Wiacek has worked with many great talents such as Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Gene Colan, John and Sal Buscema, Walter Simonson, Frank Miller, Barry Windsor-Smith, George Perez, Jerry Ordway, Paul Smith, Dave Cockrum, John Byrne, Don Heck, Ron Garney, June Brigman, Colleen Doran, plus many others. He has inked Mike Grell on The Legion of Super Heroes #220 and Al Milgrom on Marvel Presents #7-The Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel. From that time, on he has inked every major title for Marvel, including The X-Men, Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, She-Hulk, Man-Thing, Star Wars, Silver Surfer, and Fantastic Four just to name a few. At DC, he worked on Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Brave and the Bold, The Ray, Batman Family, Justice Society, Shazam, and Challengers of the Unknown, which is a small sampling as well. As far as independent publishers, he did work for Dark Horse, Image, Relium Media, Archie, and Valiant, where he worked on Archer and Armstrong, Bloodshot, and Solar. He has inked noteworthy issues in titles including Uncanny X-Men, X-Factor, Star Wars, Iron Man, Batman, and Bloodshot. On the Iron-Man 2020 project, he co-plotted with Walter Simonson, and penciled and inked the book (with an able assist from Will Rosado). Of late, Wiacek has helped out inking All New Wolverine and a JLA General Mills comic, which was available in different cereal boxes. He has also inked Badger #1 for First Comics and Stars End #2 from Insane Comics. Outside of comics, he starred in a commercial with rap group G-Unit in 2003, and has a small part in the independent film Manos: The Rise of Torgo, for which he did the poster.
"Another batch of first-time guests for us!" said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. "These are some real super-stars, some of whom have accomplished memorable works for the big publishers in comics, and others of whom are starting to leave their mark now. Our fans will be thrilled to meet them!"
In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year's confirmed guests for the show include: Arthur Adams (Guardians of the Galaxy), Joel Adams (Bucky O'Hare Graphic Novel Coloring Book), Neal Adams (Deadman), Zeea Adams (Neal Adams Monsters), Ethan Scott Ambruson (Azteca: Ciudad Paradiso), Marc Andreyko (Jeepers Creepers), Arantza (fantasy artist), Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), Mike W. Barr (The Outsiders), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Marty Baumann (Big Hero 6), John Beatty (Batman), Carolyn Belefski (Curls), Simon Bisley (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bodycount), Ziggy Blumenthal (Operation Pajama Pants), June Brigman (Power Pack), Pat Broderick (Micronauts), Harold Buchholz (Mystery Science Theatre 3000), Mark Buckingham (Scooby Apocalypse), Greg Burnham (Tuskegee Heirs), Buzz (Superman: The Coming of the Supermen), Jim Calafiore (Leaving Megalopolis), Frank Cammuso (Wrong Earth), Chris Campana (Pathfinder: Worldscape - Vampirella), Greg Capullo (Dark Knights: Metal), Joe Carabeo (Black Magic Tales), Christa Cassano (Ghetto Klown), Howard Chaykin (Captain America), Joyce Chin (All-New Wolverine), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Michael Cho (Batwoman), Amy Chu (Red Sonja), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Steve Conte (Action Figure Kingdom), Katie Cook (Thanos Annual), Denys Cowan (The Question), Paris Cullins (WWE Superstars), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), J. Robert Deans (The Bear from A.U.N.T.), Tom DeFalco (Spider-Girl, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Jose Delbo (Spongebob Comics), Vito Delsante (Midnight Tiger Stronger), Todd Dezago (Tellos), Dave Dorman (Black Hops: U.S.A.-*-G.I.), Charles C. Dowd (Lilith Dark), Emily Drouin (Eplis), Anne and Jerzy Drozd (Science Comics: Rockets), Todd Emko & Piggy (A Piggy's Tale), Garth Ennis (Jimmy's Bastards, Friday and Saturday only), G.D. Falksen (The Ouroboros Cycle), David Finch (Trinity), Meredith Finch (Rose), Ramona Fradon (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Franco (Encounter), Jenny Frison (Wonder Woman), John Gallagher (Captain Canuck Season 4), Will Gallagher (EPIC Bros.), S.L. Gallant (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero vs. the Six Million Dollar Man), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (DC Nation), Steve Geiger (Web of Spider-Man), Joe Giella (The Flash), Mike Gold (The Pilgrim), Michael Golden (Micronauts: Wrath of Karza), Daniel Govar (Thanos: A God Up There Listening), Jimmy Gownley (Zootopia), John Patrick Green (Mickey Mouse Shorts: Season One), Sanford Greene (1000), Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred), Tom Grummett (The New Titans, courtesy of Hero Initiatiive), Laura Lee Gulledge (Will & Whit), Bob Hall (Squadron Supreme), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook), Glenn Hauman (The Whisper Campaign), Marc Hempel (Sandman), Clinton Hobart (Disney fine artist), Ken Hunt (Lady Death: Devotions), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), Tony Isabella (Black Lightning), Klaus Janson (Nightwing, Saturday and Sunday only), Todd Johnson (Tribe), Justin Jordan (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps), Chris Kemple (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Karl Kesel (Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77), Tom King (Batman), Barry Kitson (The Flash), Todd Klein (Black Hammer: Age of Doom), Evelyn Kriete (Weird Tales), Alisa Kwitney (Mystik U), Jade F. Lee (Rolled & Told), Leo Leibelman (Heavy Metal), Paul Levitz (Brooklyn Blood), Mike Lilly (The Tick), Joseph Michael Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), Kevin Maguire (Man of Steel), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), Mike Manley (Judge Parker), Chris Mariano (Claire Lost her Bear at the World's Fair), Mark Mariano (Adventure Time), Billy Martin (Star Wars Adventures), Shawn Martinbrough (Shadowman), Ron Marz (Fathom Vol. 7), Ed McGuinness (Avengers), Bob McLeod (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero), Carla Speed McNeil (Empowered & Sistah Spooky's High School Hell), Dawn McTeigue (Divinica), Adriana Melo (Plastic Man, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Frank Miller (Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander, Saturday and Sunday only), Stuart Moore (Deadpool the Duck), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Mark Morales (Justice League), Michael Moreci (Nightwing), Tony Moy (Mainstream), Trevor Mueller (Albert the Alien), Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground), Denny O'Neil (DC Universe Holiday Special, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Jerry Ordway (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero vs The Six Million Dollar Man), Rachel Ordway (The Elvis Adventures), John Ostrander (Suicide Squad, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Tom Palmer (Avengers), Dan Parent (Betty & Veronica Friends Forever), Jeff Parker (Future Quest Presents), Paul Pelletier (Titans Special), Andrew Pepoy (Mighty Moe Szyslak), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Green Lanterns), Tom Peyer (Captain Kid), Richard and Wendy Pini (Elfquest), Ed Piskor (X-Men: Grand Design - Second Genesis), Chase and Mark Poulton (Pizza Tree), Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), David Proch (Quarter Moon), Tom Raney (Giantkillers), Mark Redfield (Hunted), Frank Reynoso (Garbage Pail Kids: Fables, Fantasies and Farts), Roy Richardson (The Flash), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (Startup), Stephane Roux (Faith: Dreamside), Jim Rugg (Street Angel), P. Craig Russell (Salome and Other Stories), Stuart Sayger (GI Joe: A Real American Hero vs. The Six-Million Dollar Man), Brian Shearer (William the Last), Jeff Shultz (Archie Jumbo Comics Digest), Mimi Simon (Judge Parker), Louise Simonson (Action Comics #1000), Walter Simonson (Thor), Matt Slay (Equilibrium), Dan Slott (Tony Stark: Iron Man), Andy Smith (Demi-God), John K. Snyder (Fashion in Action), Scott Snyder (Justice League, Saturday only), Mark Sparacio (Chelsea Dagger), Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity Siblings, Saturday and Sunday only), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Jim Steranko (Action Comics), Paul Storrie (The Viking Queen), Larry Stroman (Tribe), Rob Stull (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Peter Tomasi (Superman), Tim Truman (Grimjack), David Trustman (God Slap), Sarah Trustman (The Memory Arts), Billy Tucci (Shi), Ted Tucker (Disney World caricature artist), Gus Vazquez (Sunfire and Big Hero Six), Emilio Velez Jr. (Dodgeball Teens), Mark Waid (Captain America), Adam Wallenta (Punk Taco), Adam Warren (Empowered & Sistah Spooky's High School Hell), Michael Watkins (Pantha), Larry Watts (Evil Dead 2: Cradle of the Damned); Todd Webb (Mr. Toast Comics), Dexter Weeks (Savage Eve), Lee Weeks (Batman), Mark Wheatley (Stargate Atlantis Singularity), Bob Wiacek (All New Wolverine), Matt Wieringo (Stargate Atlantis Gateways), Marcus Williams (Hero Cats of Stellar City: Year One), Javier Cruz Winnik (A Reason to Smile), Renee Witterstaetter (X-Force Epic Collection), Rich Woodall (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), John Workman (Kick-Ass), Thom Zahler (Time & Vine), Mike Zeck (The Punisher), and Liang Zhao (The Phantom).

In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Ringo Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages, and follow us on SnapChat:

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