Hodor! Kristain Nairn coming to Baltimore Comic Con – but he needs to leave his guns at home

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As long as we’re talking Baltimore Comic Con — which is only a few short weeks away–and will be held over the Labor Day weekend, Friday Sept. 2-Sunday Sept.4 — it’s just been announced that Game of Thrones actor Kristin “Hodor” Nairn will be attending on Saturday, giving us all a chance to write a […]

Al Jaffee to get the Harvey Kurtzman Hall of Fame Award

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Legendary is a word often over used, but Al Jaffee is truly a legendary cartoonist. Still drawing Mad magazine’s fold-ins at age 95, he’s been named the world’s oldest working cartoonist, and now he’ll be the latest winner of the Harvey Kurtzman Hall of Fame Award, which will be presented as part of the Harvey […]

Diamond Retailer Summit returns to Baltimore 8/31-9/2

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Diamond’s annual Retailer Summit will once again be held in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic Con this year. The summit takes place AUgust31/September 2 with the theme “Future Vision: Building the Comic Book Shop of Tomorrow”. The event traditionally moves around, but the Baltimore location is a handy one as it’s down the road from […]

Baltimore Comic Con announces panel programming with Snyder, Mutants, Coffee, etc.

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I’m on a panel that requires me to drink strong coffee. Talk about a no brainer…. Diamond is holding its annual retailer summit before the show so a good publisher turnout here and many top talent spotlights. And Coffee. This year’s Baltimore Comic Con will take place September 25-27, at the Baltimore Convention Center. IT’s […]

Diamond Retailer Summit returns to Baltimore in 2015

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After several years travelling around the country—three years in Chicago and then earlier this year in Las Vegas—Diamond is holding its 2015 Retailer Summit in Baltimore from September 23-25. The dates not only piggy back on the Baltimore Comic-Con but bring the show close to Diamond’s Timonium, MD headquarters. It’s a pretty good double for […]

Nice read: Todd Klein on The Last Fables Panel

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As noted in my Baltimore Comic-Con report for Publishers Weekly, one of the programming highlights was a two hour “The LAst Fables Panel” which united Bill Willingham, Mark BUckingham, Steve Leialoha, Todd Klein, Andrew Pepoy, Barry Kitson and special guests for a last look at the beloved comic. Klein, the logo letterer, has a fine […]

Meet the Beat at Baltimore Comic-Con, SPX and the Brooklyn Book Festival

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It’s the crazy fall season for comics and graphic novels, as the Baltimore Comic-Con blends into the Small Press Expo and then barnstorming cartoonists head north to the Brooklyn Book Festival, before everyone dons their waders for New York Comic Con. Baltimore is underway as you read this! What a great show1 I’m a bus […]

On the scene: Baltimore Comic Con Night 2

It’s Saturday night and I’m cursing the Yankees. Now even though a New Yorker at heart and my husband is a huge fan, because of the game here in Baltimore, not only did I end up with a horrible room at the Hyatt Regency Friday night, to add insult to injury, I couldn’t get it a second night. And Saturday night, as anyone knows, is really the best night to be at the Hyatt bar during Baltimore Comic Con.

On the scene: Baltimore Comic Con: Day 2

In the wake of the Harvey Awards, and a late night for many of the invited guests of the convention, Sunday morning was mellow compared to Saturday’s hustle. Fans still brought the energy onto the floor, many of them taking advantage of what they knew would be a less hectic time frame for ordering commissions. The slower pace prompted more conversation between booths, with plenty of artists hopping between tables when they had a spare moment to reconnect with old friends. Often at larger cons, artist’s alley feels, in its darker moment, like a chain gang where prisoners keep their morale up as best they can through the churning crowds and recognize that they are all in this together. In Baltimore, it was more like the atmosphere on the last day of school, with the barely suppressed sense that the kids are taking over.

On The Scene: Baltimore Comic-Con Day 1

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The lines wound around the block, disappeared and reappeared again against the concrete of the convention center in the steamy, bright weather, but once they started moving it was orderly and brisk. The incoming flood lasted for at least an hour without sign of slowing, but the capacity was generous inside and even a crowded floor was manageable. A newcomer to the Baltimore Con flipping open the guide would immediately notice a unique feature in comparison to the New York Comic Con or Wizard World Philadelphia: artist’s alley occupied at least forty percent of the floor, more if you added in the range of side-tables along the walls also designated for artists. This didn’t mean that the convention was weak on the shopping fare that comics fans demand and expect, or the deals they are looking for on that one book missing from their collection, but it did create an interesting dynamic of two worlds in synergy, each working together for the event.