Official Press Release
target="PopUp">The Baltimore Comic-Con has announced an array of show exclusives, official debuts, and additional guests in preparation for the September 9-10 show at the Baltimore Convention Center.
The Lone Ranger #1 Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusive Cover
target="PopUp">This Lone Ranger #1 cover created by Astonishing X-Men and Planetary artist and regular Lone Ranger series cover artist John Cassaday will exclusively be offered at the Baltimore Comic-Con. Cassaday will also be attending his first Baltimore Comic-Con this year.
New Avengers #23 Baltimore/Toronto Exclusive Sketch Cover
target="PopUp">In addition to the exclusive variant Lone Ranger comic, the Baltimore Comic-Con is offering a New Avengers #23 sketch cover variant in conjunction with The Canadian National Book Expo. Both the cover and interiors of that issue are by artist Olivier Coipel, who will appear at both shows.
ACTOR Comics Presents Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusive Cover
target="PopUp">ACTOR (A Commitment To Our Roots) will offer a Baltimore Comic-Con exclusive John Romita, Jr. variant cover edition of ACTOR Comics Presents . The 152-page anthology includes stories by Stan Lee and Joseph Michael Linsner, Mark Waid, Paul Dini, Dave Sim, Dan Jurgens and many others. Cover artist John Romita, Jr. and guests Mark Waid , Mike Oeming, Brendon and Brian Fraim, and J.C. Vaughn, among others, will be available to sign this benefit fundraiser. The standard edition of Actor Comics Presents will also debut at the show.
In addition to hosting Romita, Jr. ( The Eternals ), ACTOR is sponsoring the appearances of Marvel Comics legends Dick Ayers ( Fantastic Four ) and John Romita, Sr. ( Amazing Spider-Man ) at the show.
Toon Tumblers Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusive
Paul Merolle at Toon Tumblers has announced that there is going to be another show exclusive Toon Tumbler design, but at press time the character was not confirmed.
Gemstone Debuts Life & Times Companion Debut
Following on the success of the highly praised Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck , Gemstone Publishing will debut The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck Companion by Don Rosa. Exploring more of the grand old duck's life, this book includes one chapter not previously published in the United States. Rosa will be on hand to sign copies of both books and his other works.
This year, the Baltimore Comic-Con plays host for the first time to the Harvey Awards, which will be held Saturday night, September 9. Kyle Baker ( Why I Hate Saturn, Plasticman ) will act as master of ceremonies for the event, which will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor. For additional information about the awards program, please visit www.harveyawards.org.
Harvey Awards Exclusives
target="PopUp">Toon Tumblers will also be providing an exclusive piece for attendees at the Harvey Awards Toon Dinner. They've created one of their glasses based on Harvey Kurtzman's Hey Look .
Additionally, LaserMach has created an exclusive key chain, which will be free to people who purchase a dinner ticket for the Harvey Awards.
The show also announced that writer-artist Walter Simonson ( Thor , Elric ), writer-artist Jeff Amano ( The Cobbler's Monster , Fade from Grace ), fantasy illustrator Ken Kelly, and Invincible artist Ryan Ottley will be guests at the show.
Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief and Daredevil: Father writer-artist Joe Quesada, V For Vendetta co-creator David Lloyd, Image Comics Publisher and Savage Dragon creator Erik Larsen, Mighty Avengers artist Frank Cho, THB creator Paul Pope, Infinite Crisis artist George Pérez, TV's Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno, Hawkgirl artist and American Flagg creator Howard Chaykin, Owly creator Andy Runton, and Grendel and Mage creator Matt Wagner are among the numerous headliners.
Other guests on the list include Tom Brevoort ( New Avengers editor), Kurt Busiek ( Astro City, Superman ), Buzz ( JSA ), Jim Calafiore ( Exiles ), Tommy Castillo ( Toe Tags, Batman ), Steve Conley (Astounding Space Thrills, The Escapist ), Todd Dezago ( Tellos ), Brendon and Brian Fraim ( Antiques: The Comic Strip ), Rich Faber ( Roboy Red ), John Gallagher ( Buzzboy, More Fund Comics ), Jimmy Gownley ( Amelia Rules! ), Cully Hamner (Batman: Tenses ), Dean Haspiel ( Quitter, Opposable Thumbs ), Marc Hempel ( Sandman: The Kindly Ones, MAD ), Jamal Igle ( Firestorm ), Barry Kitson ( Legion of Superheroes ), Norman Lee ( Mary Jane , Planet of the Apes ), Jonathan and Joshua Luna ( Girls, Spider-Woman: Origin ), Mike Manley ( Draw ), Mark McKenna ( Banana Tail ), Pop Mhan ( Tomb Raider, X-Men Unlimited ) Scott Neely ( Scooby Doo ), Jamar Nicholas (Detective Boogaloo from movie poopshoot.com), Phil Noto ( New West , Beautiful Killer ), Michael Avon Oeming ( Powers, What If? ), Jimmy Palmiotti ( Jonah Hex, JSA Classified ), Brandon Peterson ( X-Men, Strange ), Paul Pope ( THB, Batman: Year One Hundred ), Ton Raney ( Outsiders ), Jim Starlin ( Dreadstar, Kid Cosmos ), Eric Powell ( The Goon, Marvel Monsters ), Alex Robinson ( Box Office Poison, Tricked ), Dan Slott ( She-Hulk ), Louis Small Jr. ( Vampirella ), John K. Snyder III ( Doctor Mid-Nite, Fashion in Action ), Mark Sparacio ( Heroes for Hire, Shi ), Brian Stelfreeze ( Matador ), Karl Story ( Tom Strong ), Mark Texeira ( Ghost Rider ), Robert Tinnell ( The Black Forest, The Living and The Dead ), Tim Truman ( GrimJack, Conan ), Billy Tucci ( Heroes for Hire, Shi ), Neil Vokes ( The Wicked West, The Black Forest ), Mark Waid ( Superman: Birthright, Legion of Super-Heroes ), Mark Wheatley ( Mars, Frankenstein Mobster ), Mike Wieringo ( Fantastic Four , Flash ), Bill Willingham ( Fables ), Ron Wilson ( Superboxers ), and Marv Wolfman ( New Teen Titans, Crisis on Infinite Earths ).