Please note, all times and panels shown are subject to change.
2:30-3:30 – Elfquest – 40 Years of Pointed Ears
2018 wraps up 40 years of Elfquest with the biggest bang ever. Celebrate the longest-running indy fantasy comic with Wendy Pini (Elfquest, Masque of the Red Death) and Richard Pini (Elfquest, Line of Beauty), co-creators, writers, and artist. Learn behind-the-scenes secrets that have been hidden since 1978. See the clues that were planted decades ago. Take an emotional journey down memory lane. The conclusion of the Final Quest series has taken fandom by storm, and you’ll be able to bombard Wendy and Richard with all the questions you’ve been saving up for years! ASL Services Provided
3:45-4:45 – Meet the Liberty Brigade
The Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased to host the debut of a new superhero team, The Liberty Brigade, featuring the return of various 1940s superheroes in a brand new WW II story. The Zero issue debuts here and a Kickstarter is currently running for an 80+ page graphic novel. Hear from the writer, Michael Finn and members of the Brigade team including: Mark Waid (editor), Barry Kitson (penciller), Mark Buckingham (contributor), Marty Baumann (logos and 1940 “fake” ads), Sean Chen (Baltimore Comic-Con program cover & t-shirt), and Caitlyn Reynolds (Assistant Editor – Production). They will tell you all about the team, the story, the Kickstarter, and the return of dozens of heroes from the Golden Age of Comics.
5:00-6:00 – The Terry Moore Universe Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook Panel
Characters from the work of Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise, Echo, Rachel Rising, Motor Girl) populate this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook. Join Terry, designer/artist Thom Zahler and artists David Petersen, Katie Cook, and Jamal Igle for a look at this fantastic volume.
2:30-3:30 – Coffee and Comics: Baltimore Edition
It’s back! Amy Chu, writer of Poison Ivy and Red Sonja, talks comics and pop culture over coffee with Christina Blanch and some surprise guests.
3:45-4:45 – Louise Simonson and June Brigman: Looking Back on Power Pack
In 1984, writer Louise Simonson and artist June Brigman created Marvel Comics’ newest — and youngest — super group: the preteen Power Pack! Using their powers of gravity, acceleration, density, and energy, siblings Alex, Julie, Jack, and Katie Power had adventures beyond imagining. Learn all the secrets of Power Pack from their creators! Moderated by John Trumbull of Back Issue magazine and the AtomicJunkShop.com.
5:00-6:00 – From Superboy to Section Zero
Karl Kesel and Tom Grummett — arguably one of the most classic creative teams in comics — discuss their 25+ years of collaborations with moderator Robert Greenberger, from The Reign of the Supermen to Superboy to their Baltimore Comic-Con-debuting Section Zero graphic novel. Find out secrets from their past work…and what they have planned for their future! Sponsored by The Hero Initiative.
2:30-3:30 – INDIE ADVOCATES Presents How to Make and Promote Comic Books in the Social Media Age
Join Mr. AnderSiN for a panel that focuses on the process of just not creating comics but what to expect next after the comic is printed and ready to sell. Mr. AnderSIN and his guests will bring to life a panel made to answer all your questions about creation and what it takes to make and sell a comic book in 2018 and beyond.
3:45-4:45 – More Than Ponies
Katie Cook, Andy Price, and Thom Zahler are well-known for their work on My Little Pony, but did you know they do more than ponies? Join us for this conversation that will most likely include comics, coffee, wine, and probably ponies. Moderated by Christy Blanch.
5:00-6:00 – Punching Nazis – From Captain America to Miss Fury, Wonder Woman and Beyond with Billy Tucci
Join Multi-Eisner Award nominee and Sgt. Rock – The Lost Battalion writer/artist Billy Tucci as he opens a discussion on how history has played an invaluable role on comics while heralding the return of Golden Age icon Miss Fury, Shi, and his upcoming DC projects.
3:45-4:45 – Chocolate Nation Studios: Creating Meaningful Comic Books and Novels
Our purpose is to help creators construct and produce new worlds outside of the realms of Marvel, DC Comics, and anime. This will be a venture into the trials and tribulations of creating unique and intellectual properties of your own for the entertainment industry. Hosted by Eric M. Cooper, Jabaar L. Brown, and Phoe-nix Nebula.
5:00-6:00 – Noir Comics: Mean Streets Past and Present
There’s been a crime. Danger hides around corners and in the shadows. Welcome to the world of noir. Join moderator/writer Paul Levitz (Brooklyn Blood) and creators John K. Snyder III (Lawrence Block’s Eight Million Ways to Die), Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), Shawn Martinbrough (How to Draw Nor Comics), and Christina Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood) as they explore the world of crime in comics.
Kids Love Comics Programming
4:00-5:00 – Now What? Storytelling Challenge with Mark Mariano
Cartoonist Mark Mariano leads this exciting and fun storytelling challenge that will have everyone adding their own flavor to an epically awesome comic.
5:00-6:00 – Alien Art with Dawn Griffin
The Kids Love Comics Workshop Area will be transformed into an alien factory when cartoonist, Dawn Griffin, shows you easy ways to draw wacky aliens.
Please note, all times and panels shown are subject to change.
11:00-12:00 – Jim Steranko Spotlight
Jim Steranko is an innovator in comics with his work on Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America, and The X-Men. In 1975, he created Red Tide, the First Modern Graphic Novel. He was also at the forefront of comics history with his two volume The History of Comics. Join Steranko and moderator John Workman as they look back at his astounding career as well as what the future holds.
12:15-1:15 – Batman’s Biggest Secret
In 1939, writer Bill Finger co-created a character that would become one of the most successful fictional icons in world history. In 1974, Bill died poor and unknown to the public. In 2015, defying longstanding odds, and after not one but three twists, his legacy was saved. This is the story of author Marc Tyler Nobleman’s obsessive, unprecedented nine-year campaign to correct cultural history. It has inspired the book Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, a TED Talk, and the feature documentary Batman & Bill, which has been called “the most important comic book movie ever made.”
1:30-2:15 – Frank Miller Platinum Fan Package Private Event
FRANK MILLER PLATINUM FAN PACKAGE tickets available in limited quantities here.
2:30-3:00 – Frank Miller Platinum Fan Package and Gold Fan Package Signing Event
FRANK MILLER PLATINUM AND GOLD FAN PACKAGE tickets available in limited quantities here.
3:30-4:15 – Frank Miller Spotlight
From Daredevil to Ronin to Batman: The Dark Knight Returns to Sin City to Dark Knight III: The Master Race, creator Frank Miller has left an indelible mark on modern comics. Join Frank and his special guests for an engaging panel. You’ll kick yourself if you miss it.
5:00-6:00 – Kickstarter
Crowdsourcing has become a legitimate way of ensuring creators can make a living while producing cool comics for their audiences. Thom Zahler, Tim Truman, Steve Conley, and Paul Storrie tell moderator Robert Greenberger about the trials and tribulations of mounting a successful campaign
11:00-12:00 – Diversity Panel
Panelists discuss the state of diversity and inclusion of people of color, women, and the LGTBQ community in pop culture, where we are now, and what needs to happen to ensure the fictional worlds we all love resemble the world we live in. Panelists include: Belle Burr, Jabari Sellers, Meagan Ginyard, and Armand Hill.
12:15-1:15 – Arthur Adams Spotlight
You know his work from Longshot, Gumby, Monkeyman and O’Brien, Jonni Future, New Mutants, Fantastic Four, and so much more. Now meet the man behind the pencil, as Arthur Adams steps into the spotlight.
1:30-2:30 – The Power of Shazam!
The World’s Mightiest Mortal is finally getting some overdue respect with a feature film out next March. Some of his comic book practitioners — Jerry Ordway, Kevin Maguire, Jeff Parker, and Denny O’Neil – talk with moderator Robert Greenberger about the challenges of keeping Captain Marvel true to his roots in an ever-changing market.
2:45-3:45 – Valiant: The Craft Of Comics
Join some of the talented people behind Valiant’s slate of critically acclaimed comic series for a candid, behind-the-scenes panel discussion! Find out just what it takes to put together a compelling story from start to finish, how to make your series stand apart, and how the editorial process functions at the highest levels – from the award-winning industry veterans behind the Valiant Universe’s greatest hits and a host of fan-favorite titles, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot Salvation, Divinity, and more!
4:00-5:00 – AHOY There: A New Kind Of Comics Publisher!
AHOY Comics launches in September/October with an impressive list of creators, a sharp sense of humor, and some unexpected extras: prose fiction, poetry and satire! Now meet the AHOY crew in the *shudder* flesh! Writer/editors Tom Peyer and Stuart Moore join artists Jamal Igle, June Brigman, and Roy Richardson, plus designer/letterer Todd Klein and cartoonist Frank Cammuso. Preview the twisted afterlife of High Heaven, the space-cats of Captain Ginger, the jumbled heroes of The Wrong Earth, and Baltimore’s own Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter Of Terror!
5:15-6:15 – MeToo and Geekdom
Hear a discussion on the intersection between geek culture and sexual harassment, assault, and rape. Topics include common occurrences in gaming, conventions, and our favorite industries, how fans might be complicit in this behavior, and how we can stand up against the problem. Panelists: Belle Burr, Brittany Marriott, Ashley Dickerson, Alley Shelley, and Katherine McClain.
11:00-12:00 – Making Mini Comics to Graphic Novels Panel
Calling all aspiring comics creators! In this interactive presentation Laura Lee Gulledge walks you through her process for making full-blown graphic novels…tangible steps which can also be applied to making six-page mini-comics. She then demonstrates DRAWING LIVE developing a crowd-sourced character with guests, who will also walk away with inspiring handouts to create their own mini-comics.
12:15-1:15 – Team Building
What makes a successful team of heroes and/or villains? Is it a set of skills and powers or diverse personalities who look good in spandex? Paul Levitz (Legion of Super-Heroes), Mark Waid (Legion, Champions), Ron Marz (Skullkickers, CrossGenesis), and Denny O’Neil (Justice League of America) chat with moderator Robert Greenberger about the challenges of writing a team comic. Sponsored by The Hero Initiative.
1:30-2:30 – The Chaykin and Haspiel Show
Howard Chaykin (Hey Kids! Comics!, American Flagg!) and Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook, American Splendor) sit down to talk about anything and everything! Join them for what is sure to be an amazing hour of outrageous conversation!
2:45-3:45 – Jim Starlin Spotlight
He created Thanos and Gamora. Adam Warlock, Dreadstar, and Captain Marvel are just a few of the characters on whom he’s left an indelible mark. Join Jim Starlin and moderator Ron Marz and they survey his work and how it even has an impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
4:00-5:00 – Creativity & Mental Health – A Roundtable Discussion
Moderator: John Gallagher Panelists: Jimmy Gownley, Laura Lee Gulledge, Jamar Nicholas
Along with the thrill and excitement of being creative, it can sometimes go hand-in-hand with depression, anxiety, learning differences, and more. Moderator John Gallagher host creators Jimmy Gownley, Laura Lee Gullidge, and Jamar Nicholas as they shine a light on mental health, crisis management, and joining together as an industry to encourage each other get the resources they need for a happier life. Please note: This is an open discussion on mental health, and may include topics of a delicate nature.
5:15-6:15 – Comic Book Shop Retail
The comic shop is more than just a place to buy comics – it’s a community gathering place. Join Jeff Watkins (Cloud City Comics and Toys), Christy Blanch (Aw Yeah Comics – Muncie), and Franco Aureliani (Aw Yeah Comics – NY), and possibly some surprise guests to discuss what it’s like to run a comic book shop!
11:15-1:15 – Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo Private Event
GREG CAPULLO AND SCOTT SNYDER FAN PACKAGE tickets available in limited quantities here.
1:30–2:30 – Introducing Cave Pictures Publishing
Introducing Cave Pictures Publishing, a new indie publisher working with the industry’s best to produce top-quality stories with deep meaning. Meet some of Cave’s artists, including Billy Tucci and Meredith Finch, and hear from the Cave team about their mission and vision. A brief discussion of comics and culture and Q&A will be included.
2:45-3:45 – Music and Comics
One’s an auditory medium and the other is visual. You wouldn’t think that comics and music would work well together, and yet they do. P. Craig Russell (The Ring of the Nibelung), Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree), Timothy Truman (Grateful Dead Comix), John K. Snyder III (Fashion in Action), Mark Buckingham (album cover of the year nominee), and moderator Evelyn Kriete explore the connection between music and comics.
4:00-5:00 – Walter Simonson and John Workman: From Thor to Ragnarök
If you’re looking for Norse mythology in comic books, Simonson and Workman are the ones to call. Writer/artist Walter Simonson and letterer John Workman reminisce about creating Beta Ray Bill and the Frog Thor on Marvel Comics’ Thor in the 1980s and fill us in on Simonson’s current creator-owned series, Ragnarök. Moderated by John Trumbull of Back Issue magazine and the AtomicJunkShop.com.
5:15-6:15 – Comics Writing 101 with Amy Chu
Comics writer Amy Chu will walk you through her process for pitching, outlining, and breaking down an 20-page issue of comics using an issue of Red Sonja as an example.
Ballroom (4th Floor)
11:00-12:00 – Katrina Law Spotlight
Katrina Law currently stars on Sony Crackle’s The Oath alongside Sean Bean and Ryan Kwanten. She gained a loyal following as “Nyssa Al Ghul” on CW’s Arrow. That’s just the tip of the iceberg of her many roles. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear more from this talented actress. ASL Services Provided
12:00-1:00 – Mike Colter Spotlight
You know him as Luke Cage, and now’s your opportunity to meet actor Mike Colter. In addition to his work on Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and The Defenders, Colter has appeared in ER, Million Dollar Baby, Zero Dark Thirty, and more. This panel is a must for all of Colter’s fans! ASL Services Provided
1:00-2:00 – Wil Wheaton Spotlight
From Star Trek: The Next Generation to Stand By Me to The Big Bang Theory to Tabletop and beyond, Wil Wheaton has garnered many fans. Aside from acting, he’s an author, a number one New York Times bestselling Audiobook narrator, and passionate activist for mental health care. Learn more about his life from Wil himself in this highly anticipated panel. ASL Services Provided
Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area
12:00-1:00 – The AaaaWoooooo Werewolf Workshop with Chris Flick
Have a howling good time as cartoonist Chris Flick shows you how to draw werewolves of all shapes and sizes.
1:00-2:00 – Families Make Comics with Mark & Chase Poulton
OPEN TO FIRST 20 KIDS! The father and son creative team behind the graphic novel Pizza Tree discuss making comics as a family and share a pizza slice monster craft!
2:00-3:00 – Sketchbook Dares with Laura Lee Gulledge
Calling all sketchbook lovers! In this interactive presentation, Laura Lee Gulledge will demonstrate DRAWING LIVE, a couple of her favorite drawing activities that are featured in her new book Sketchbook Dares: 24 Ways to Draw Out Your Inner Artist. Plus, she’ll share how sketchbooks can help you find your voice, build confidence, and even lead to making graphic novels. Come draw with us!
3:00-4:00 – Cat Crusader Versus Your Vile Villain! With John and Will Gallagher
The father/son comic creating duo share their insights on making comics and help you create a silly villain and a perilous plot. How will the heroic Cat Crusader save the day? That’s up to you!
4:00-5:00 – Paper bag Puppets with Emily Drouin
OPEN TO FIRST 30 KIDS! We supply the paper bags and art supplies. You supply the imagination and voice when you create your own paper bag puppet! What will YOU create? We can’t wait to see!
5:00-6:00 – Draw a Little Dream with Chris Mariano and Frank Cammuso
Chris Mariano interviews kids and parents about their strangest dreams. Artists work together to bring their dreams to life on the drawing board.
Please note, all times and panels shown are subject to change
11:15-12:15 – Erin Gray Spotlight
You know her as Wilma Deering in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Kate in Silver Spoons. Now meet Erin Gray and learn more about this talented model and actress in this captivating panel.
12:30-1:30 – Sherilyn Fenn Spotlight
Sherilyn Fenn is best known for her role as Audrey Horne in Twin Peaks, but she has appeared in many other films and TV shows including Of Mice and Men and Two Moon Junction. She will soon appear as Raven’s mother in the DC Universe series, Titans. This is a panel you don’t want to miss.
1:45-2:45 – Valiant Comics 101 And Beyond
New to the Valiant Universe? With Valiant’s all-new and exciting “BEYOND” initiative approaching at the end of 2018, there’s never been a better time to become a fan! Jump on board right here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes – from past hits like Harbinger and Secret Weapons to current bestsellers like X-O Manowar and Ninja-K, and brand-new upcoming titles featuring Faith, Bloodshot, Livewire, and more! Valiant has been hailed as the premier superhero publisher in comics today… Now, look no further than this panel to find out where to start!
11:00-12:00 – Dan Slott Spotlight
After guiding Amazing Spider-Man for 10 years, writer Dan Slott stepped away and now guides the future of Tony Stark, Iron Man as well as one of the biggest returns in comics: The Fantastic Four. Join Dan and moderator Ron Marz for a spirited discussion as they take a look at his career.
12:15-1:15 – Shaking Things Up: The Latest Rumblings from AfterShock Comics
Join AfterShock Comics Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Joe Pruett as he welcomes a panel of special guests for a look at what goes into creating some of the most talked about creator-owned comics being published today. Get a sneak peek at the stories and projects that are and will be shattering expectations among more and more comics fans and readers for the foreseeable future.
1:30-2:30 – P. Craig Russell Spotlight
From Doctor Strange, Killraven, Elric, The Ring of the Nibelung, the Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, Sandman, and American Gods, P. Craig Russell has established himself as a consummate artist and writer. Join Russell and Jose Villarrubia, artist and chair of MICA’s Illustration Department, as they look at Craig’s amazing career.
2:45-3:45 – The Future of Small Press
Panelists: Travis McIntire, Andy Schmidt, Christy Blanch, and Josh Geppi.
It seems that Independent publishers are popping up more and more in the comic book industry. In an industry that is “dying” every few years, what is the future for the smaller publishers?
11:00-12:00 – John Ostrander on Writing
John Ostrander, noted comic book writer, calls on his 30 year experience to discuss the art and craft of writing, especially for comics. Even if you don’t want to be a writer, you’ll find this panel fun and informative. You may want to bring a pen and notebook.
12:15-1:15 – The Art of Editing
It used to be the Editor was the God of comics, but over the years, the role has shifted from content director to circus ringmaster to nurturer of talent. Some of the most respected editors for DC Comics and Marvel Comics — Stuart Moore, Tom Peyer, Louise Simonson, and Peter Tomasi – talk with moderator Robert Greenberger about the secret art of getting a comic out every thirty days.
1:30-2:30 – How New Formats and Themes are Expanding Comic Book Readership
For decades, when most people thought of comics, 22-page super hero adventures for children came to mind. Today, greater diversity of theme and format are expanding comic readership. Who are these new readers? What messages do comics with new formats and themes contain that reach and inspire a new generation of readers? How are creators reaching new readers with their messages? A panel of professional creators will share how they are breaking the comic book status quo with new formats, themes, and approaches to storytelling. Moderated by Creator Talks podcast host Christopher Calloway, comic book professionals Laura Lee Gulledge (Page By Paige; Will and Whit), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Thom Zahler (Love and Capes; Time and Vine; Warning Label), and newcomer nine year-old Bryce W. Bullock and father Demitrius (Daddy Long Legs and The Inchworm) will share their insights and answer your questions.
2:45-3:45 – John Ostrander and Timothy Truman: Together Again
When John Ostrander and Timothy Truman team up, you know you’re gonna get a fantastic comic. They co-created the popular comic Grimjack and worked together on The Kents, Hawkworld, Starslayer, and more. Join Ostrander, Truman, and moderator Mike Gold as they look back at their work together.
11:00-12:00 – Cartoonists Draw Blood
Join artists from “Cartoonists Draw Blood” and National Cartoonists Society as they discuss our partnership with the American Red Cross. Since 2013, Carolyn Belefski has organized several of the finest cartoonists in the Washington, DC area to devote their time and talents to sketch for blood donors annually. The reason is simple: it’s a great opportunity for cartoonists to serve their community while showcasing their art skills and encouraging blood donation – a single donation has the potential to save as many as three lives! The “Cartoonists Draw Blood” crew has expanded their activities beyond the drive by exhibiting work in gallery shows and producing anthology books. Learn about how they create their projects and how you have the potential to create comics for good.
12:15-1:15 – Brian Azzarello Spotlight
Brian Azzarello is well known to comics fans for his work on 100 Bullets, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cage, and Moonshine. His newest book, Batman: Damned with artist Lee Bermejo, the first book in DC’s Black Label imprint, debuted recently. Join Azzarello for a lively discussion of his work.
1:30-2:30 – Tony Isabella Spotlight
The creator of Black Lightning has had a full career at Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and small presses, dabbling in prose, and hosting some of the coolest garage sales in America. The special guest chats about his career with moderator, and old pal, Robert Greenberger.
2:45-3:45 – Comics with a Point of View: Yours and MINE!
Activism in comics has been a growing trend over the past few years, and the current political climate has created an immense need to champion causes. For that reason, ComicMix published Mine!, the Ringo-nominated comic anthology celebrating (and benefiting) the crucial work of Planned Parenthood. The editors, along with some of the contributors, will share why they support PP while exploring the creation of this anthology, and discuss how comics can support all sorts of causes, both yours and… well, you know. Bring your copies of Mine! to get autographed by the panelists and other contributors! Panelists include: June Brigman, Joe Corallo, Glenn Hauman, Molly Jackson, Stuart Moore, and Roy Richardson.
Ballroom (4th Floor)
11:00-12:00 – Michael Copon Spotlight
He’s the Blue Power Ranger and Felix Taggarro on One Tree Hill, but Michael Copon is so much more. Meet this engaging actor, model, singer, and philanthropist in this spotlight panel. ASL Services Provided
12:00-1:00 – Tricia Helfer Spotlight
Instantly recognizable as the Cylon Number Six from Battlestar Galactica and Charlotte, the mother of the title character on Lucifer, Tricia Helfer is one of the most popular actors working today. Now, she’s here in Baltimore and all her fans have got to be at this delightful panel. ASL Services Provided
1:00-2:00 – Zachary Levi Spotlight
For five seasons, fans knew Zachary Levi as Chuck, and for years as Flynn Rider in the Disney movie Tangled and the television show Tangled: The Series. Soon, they’ll get to see him on the big screen in DC Entertainment’s Shazam! in the starring role of Captain Marvel. And now, you get to see him here! Don’t miss this electrifying panel. ASL Services Provided
Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area
12:00-1:00 – Creepy VS Cute: Monster Drawing Workshop with Trevor Mueller and Emily Drouin
Some monsters are scary, but some are cuddly. Join Trevor Mueller and Emily Drouin as they teach you the differences, and learn how to make your own creepy (or cute) monsters!
1:00-2:00 – Everyone Run for A Ton of Pun Fun at One! with J. Robert and Samantha Deans
Father/daughter creative team, J. Robert and Samantha Deans share their love of puns and insight on writing and drawing silly stories.
2:00-3:00 – Superhero University with Chris Mariano and Adam Wallenta
OPEN TO FIRST 30 KIDS! You won’t be able to fly and it won’t give you super powers, but you will learn all the ins and outs of superheroics from the industry’s top professors. PLUS you’ll have fun making your own cape and superhero mask! Come to this workshop as a kid, leave as a superhero!
3:00-4:00 – Imagination Aquarium with Jamar Nicholas
Ever find yourself stuck for cartoon ideas? Put on your wetsuit and dive into the IMAGINATION AQUARIUM, where cartoonist Jamar Nicholas will help you catch ideas in your net and create awesome cartoons!
In support of our hearing-impaired fans and attendees, the Baltimore Comic-Con will have ASL interpreters available at select 2019 panels.