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PAST BALTIMORE COMIC-CON GUEST
Brian Michael Bendis
Writer
Action Comics, Superman, Jessica Jones, Powers

Brian Michael Bendis is a Peabody award winning comics creator, and an Amazon and New York Times bestseller most known for co-creating Miles Morales, Jessica Jones, Riri Williams, Maria Hill, Naomi, and dozens of other characters and stories that populate the Marvel, DC, and all new original universes.

The JINXWORLD line of creator-owned comics can be found at the legendary Dark Horse Comics. These titles include the new sci-fi epic Joy Operations (with co-creator Stephen Byrne), the hit action comedy The Ones (with co creator Jacob Edgar), the Yakuza romance Pearl (with Jessica Jones co-creator Michael Gaydos), the comic book industry spy thriller Cover (with David Mack), and the alternate history mob story Murder Inc. (with Powers co-creator Mike Avon Oeming).

Phenomena, the first in a new YA graphic novel series by Brian and artist Andre Lima Araujo is out from Abrams ComicArts.

Brian is Executive Producer and consultant for the Academy Aaward-winning hit Sony feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and its coming sequels. Miles Morales was co-created by Brian and Sara Pichelli.

Brian won a Peabody Award for his work as the co-creator of Jessica Jones on Disney Plus. Riri Williams made her debut in Wakanda Forever and will star later this year in her own show on Disney Plus.

The announcement of Brian’s multi-faceted move to DC Entertainment after a near twenty year run at Marvel made international headlines and trended worldwide. Brian made his DC debut in the landmark Action Comics 1000 and curated Wonder Comics, featuring the return of Young Justice, Dial H for Hero, Wonder Twins, and the breakout original new character… Naomi. Naomi was adapted by Ava DuVernay and Array into a show on the CW.

Brian’s best selling Substack newsletter is currently rolling out an all new text book, Creation, a sort of sequel to the Amazon number one Words for Pictures, an intricate look at the creation of comic books and graphic novels. Substack is also home to Brian’s Masterclass and the brand new autobiography, Fortune and Glory: The Musical.

Over the years at Marvel Entertainment, Brian completed historic runs on Spider-Man (18 years), Avengers (9 years), Iron Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy, plus a 100-issue run on the X-Men franchise, along with the wildly successful “event” projects Avengers Versus X-Men, House of M, Secret War, Secret Invasion, Age of Ultron, Civil War 2, and Siege.

Brian was one of the premiere architects of Marvel’s Ultimate line of comics.

Previously, Brian was part of the Marvel creative committee which helped set the foundation of the MCU. He consulted for all of the Marvel movies from the first Iron Man all the way through to Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.

Brian received an Honorary Doctorate in the Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art and a Certificate of Excellence from the Central Intelligence Agency for his work on diversity issues. Brian has won five Eisner Awards, including “Best Writer of the Year” two years in a row, and was honored with the prestigious Inkpot Award for comic art excellence. Brian is the recipient of the Cleveland Press “Excellence in Journalism” Award.

He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Alisa, his daughters Olivia, Tabatha, Sabrina, his son London, and his dogs Splenda and Bowie.

Brian’s TED talk, MIT lecture, and appearances on Late Night with Seth Meyers are available for viewing at Jinxworld.com.

Brian Michael Bendis panels and programming:

Crafting Fictional Worlds
Friday September 8, 2023 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm | Room: 339-342

Environment is an important element of storytelling. Comics, TV, and games use it all the time – but it’s easy to let the details of your world distract from your story. Whether it’s a science fiction/fantasy setting or a real-life location, learn how to make your world come to life without losing the reader. Join Trevor Mueller (Albert the Alien, Aw Yeah Comics ), Phillip Kennedy Johnson (The Last God, Superman, 007), Katie Cook (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Adventure Time), and Brian Michael Bendis (Jinxworld, Miles Morales, Avengers, Powers).

Getting into Character(s)
Friday September 8, 2023 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm | Room: 339-342

Comic creators will talk about the craft of working on existing characters. How do they approach the task while maintaining the appeal of the character and keeping it fresh? Guests: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Ron Marz, Tom King, David Pepose, Torunn Gronbekk, and Brian Michael Bendis. Hosted by Bob Harrison.

Acme Comics vs. Brian Michael Bendis
Saturday September 9, 2023 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm | Room: 337

Join Jermaine “Lord Retail” Exum (Manager of the Award-winning comic shop Acme Comics in Greensboro, NC) and Brian Michael Bendis (Jinxworld, Miles Morales, Avengers, Powers) for big time discussions on all things comic books while co-hosting an AcmeCast podcast and Jinxworld podcast live! Be part of the fun and a surprise giveaway!

Merry Marchin’ Mutant Makers
Saturday September 9, 2023 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm | Room: 343-344

Marvel’s merry mutants have risen and fallen, been hunted and celebrated, and captivated audiences for over 60 years. Join Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Waid, Walter Simonson, Louise Simonson, Bob McLeod, Philip Tan, and Bob Wiacek in discussion with moderator Robert Greenberger.

Writing Tips for Comics and Graphic Novels
Sunday September 10, 2023 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm | Room: 339-342

Comics are written very differently from other media. Learn the ins and outs of this unique storytelling medium and how to make your stories come to life!

Trevor Mueller hosts a Q&A session with comic writers – including Brian Michael Bendis, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, and Amy Chu among others – to talk about their process for writing comics, finding creator partners/collaborators, pacing, writing for long vs. short form stories, etc.

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