Press Release: The Baltimore Comic-Con is proud to officially announce that Stan "The Man" Lee will be the Guest of Honor at this year's convention. The show will be taking place at the Baltimore Convention Center the weekend of August 20-21, 2011.
Known the world over as the architect of the Marvel Universe, Lee -- along with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko -- co-created some of the most iconic characters of the Silver Age, including the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Avengers, X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Daredevil, Iron Man, and Doctor Strange.
Lee began his career in comics in 1939 at the age of 16, working for Martin Goodman at Timely Comics. He made his writing debut in 1941 with a text filler story in Captain America Comics #3 and wrote his first back-up story for that title two issues later. Lee continued to write for the publisher and, at the age of 19, was installed as interim editor. With a head for business and an eye for comics, Lee graduated to become editor-in-chief and art director of the comics division.
Throughout his illustrious career, which has spanned more than 70 years, Lee has been a writer, editor, publisher, President, and Chairman at Marvel Comics. He's made cameo appearances in 14 films based on his creations and had a supporting role in Kevin Smith's 1995 film, Mallrats.
In 2010, Lee teamed up with Boom! Studios to create three original superheroes titles -- Soldier Zero, Starborn, and The Traveler -- for the publisher, and in January of 2011, he worked with the National Hockey League (NHL) on the Guardian Project, creating a "Guardian" character based on the team mascot for each of the 30 cities with NHL franchises.
"There is no bigger star in all of comics. This will thrill all comics fans on the East Coast," said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "Personally, I am so excited, I can't wait!"
Lee will be appearing at the Baltimore Comic-Con on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as attending the banquet for the Harvey Awards on Saturday evening. Details regarding ticket pricing for signings and VIP packages will be released over the next few weeks. To receive the latest information about Stan Lee and all of the Baltimore Comic-Con news, sign up for our mailing list at baltimorecomiccom.com!
In addition to Guest of Honor Stan Lee, other confirmed guests for the show include: Jason Aaron (Scalped, PunisherMAX); Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead); Nick Cardy (Aquaman, Teen Titans); Cliff Chiang (Greendale); Frank Cho (50 Girl 50, X-Men: Schism, New Ultimates); Todd Dezago (Super Hero Squad, The Perhapanauts); David Finch (Brightest Day, Batman: The Dark Knight); Ron Frenz (Spider-Girl); Jose-Luis Garcia-Lopez (Wednesday Comics, Batman Confidential); Michael Golden (creator of Bucky O'Hare); Mike Grell (Action Comics, The Pilgrim); Brad Guigar (Evil, Inc., Courting Disaster); Steve Hamaker (Bone); Cully Hamner (Red, Red: Eyes Only); Dean Haspiel (The Alcoholic, Act-i-Vate); Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Zatanna); J.G. Jones (Doc Savage, DC Universe Legacies); Barry Kitson (Secret Invasion, Amazing Spider-Man); Laura Martin (New Avengers, Thor); Mark Morales (Fear Itself cover artist); Kevin Nowlan (Wednesday Comics); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Vision, Strange); Craig Rousseau (Marvel Her-Oes); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Walter Simonson (Thor); Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL); Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Iron Man 2.0); Brian Stelfreeze (Wednesday Comics); Karl Story (DC Universe Legacies); Tim Truman (Conan the Cimmerian); Neil Vokes (Flesh & Blood, Eagle: The Original Adventures); and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).
In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace pages.
This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 21st.
About The Baltimore Comic-Con The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.
About The Harvey Awards The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.
Marvel is taking WonderCon by storm! Over the course of the three day convention, beginning April 1st in San Francisco, fans will have the opportunity to visit some of the most exciting and informative panels Marvel has to offer!
Check them out here!
2:30 – 3:30 PM MARVEL: BREAKING INTO COMICS THE MARVEL WAY – Are you an aspiring writer or artist? Have you always dreamed of working for Marvel? Well, here’s your chance to pick the brains of some current House of Ideas employees who were once in the same shoes! Join C.B. Cebulski , SVP Creator & Content Development, Axel Alonso, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief, Mike Pasciullo, SVP Business Development & Communications, and Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television as they answer any and all questions about how to get a foot in the door at every level in the creative process and how to make your job MARVEL. Room 250/262
1:00 – 2:00 PM MARVEL: WELCOME TO THE X-MEN – Marvel’s most uncanny heroes have emerged bloodied…and not altogether unbowed…in their war against the vampire nation. But what will be the monstrous legion’s next move against mutantkind? And what secrets are at the heart of the mysterious timeline known as the “Age Of X”?? Pop your claws into all the answers as Axel Alonso, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief, Jason Aaron (Wolverine), Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force), C.B. Cebulski, SVP Creator & Content Development and a slew of surprise guests as they explore the present landscape and multiple futures of the X-Men. Room 104
2:30 – 3:30 PM MARVEL TELEVISION PRESENTS: THE AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES AND MARVEL ANIME – Don’t miss Marvel Animation’s exclusive look at an all-new, action-packed episode of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Plus catch a full-length episode screening of the highly anticipated Iron Man Anime! Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, will be there to launch you into this action-packed hour featuring your favorite Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains battling it out! Make sure to check out The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, now airing on Disney XD, and the all-new Iron Man Anime series, coming this summer to G4! Room 103
3:30 – 4:30 PM MARVEL: CUP O’ JOE: This is it, Mighty Marvel fans – the no-holds-barred, anything goes, full of surprises panel you wait all year for, and it's here! Marvel's Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada takes on all questions, shocks the audience with jaw-dropping announcements, and keeps you guessing with superstar guests Axel Alonso, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief, Jason Aaron (Wolverine), Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television and C.B. Cebulski, Marvel's SVP Creator & Content Development. You better be here, because this is the panel that everyone will be talking about! Room 103
12:00 – 1:00 PM MARVEL TELEVISION PRESENTS: THE SUPER HERO SQUAD SHOW AND IRON MAN ARMORED ADVENTURES – Catch fan favorites The Super Hero Squad Show and Iron Man Armored Adventures as Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, introduces an action-packed, full-length episode of each exciting series! Fire up those jet repulsors and Hero Up to witness your beloved Iron Man’s high-octane adventures and The Super Hero Squad’s hilarious exploits. Don’t miss brand-new episodes of The Super Hero Squad Show on Cartoon Network and tune in to Nicktoons for new episodes of Iron Man Armored Adventures premiering this summer! Room 103
Can’t make it to WonderCon? We’ve got you covered-- keep track of all the news via the Marvel Events app for free on the iPad, iPhone & iPod touch and at http://events.marvel.com/ for mobile web browsers!
Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, who will be playing the title role of Thor in Kenneth Branagh's highly anticipated film version of the Marvel comic book Thor, scheduled for a May 2011 release, will be appearing at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) for an exclusive Q & A on Saturday, March 19th, 2011. The Q & A, which is open to all fans attending C2E2, will take place in the IGN Theater, 11:45am – 12:45pm. Hemsworth is one of several notable personalities whose appearance at C2E2 has recently been announced. It was revealed last week that Patton Oswalt will be performing at the convention on behalf of Comedy Death-Ray on Friday evening, March 18th and noted chef Rick Bayless will be participating in a unique Food and Comics panel on Friday afternoon, March 18th.
Other notable personalities who will be appearing at the convention include Eliza Dushku, Sam Trammell, Tahmoh Penikett, Brian Michael Bendis, China Mieville and Garth Ennis, to name just a few. Officials at C2E2 note that still more personalities and guests will be announced in the coming week. C2E2 will take place March 18 – 20, 2011 in the West Hall of the McCormick Place Convention Center.
Chris Hemsworth’s Q & A is open to all C2E2 attendees, and for those fans wishing to meet the man up close, C2E2 is offering a limited Chris Hemsworth VIP package. The Hemsworth VIP tickets will go on sale tomorrow, March 3, 2011 at 1:00pm EST at www.c2e2.com. Highlights of the package include:
Exclusive Photo Opportunity and Autograph signing with Chris Hemsworth
Guaranteed seating in the Chris Hemsworth Q & A panel
A 3-Day pass to C2E2 providing access to show floor and other events
Please note, Chris Hemsworth will not be holding a public signing at C2E2. His private VIP meet and greet will be his only C2E2 autographing.
ABOUT CHRIS HEMSWORTH: Australian actor Chris Hemsworth is quickly becoming one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood. He made his U.S. film debut in JJ Abrams' Star Trek, playing the pivotal role of George Kirk alongside Chris Pine, Eric Bana, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Karl Urban.
Hemsworth landed the coveted title role of Thor in Kenneth Branagh's highly anticipated film version of the Marvel comic book Thor, scheduled for a May 2011 release. He will also star in Dan Bradley's remake of Red Dawn in the role originated by Patrick Swayze in 1984 and the Joss Whedon scripted Cabin in the Woods opposite Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford, both for MGM. He will begin production on Marvel's The Avengers this year, once again starring as Thor.
Hemsworth made a name for himself in Australia as a series regular on the popular television series Home and Away. His performance garnered him the "Most Popular New Male Talent" award at Australia's TV Week Logie Awards in 2005, in addition to two previous nominations in 2004. His other Australian television credits include Fergus McPhail, The Saddle Club, Marshall Law, Guinevere Jones and Neighbours. Additional film credits include Stephen Milburn Anderson's Ca$h and the independent short film Tom and Nancy Go Boating.
Hemsworth was born and raised in Australia.
ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration V, New York Anime Festival (NYAF), and UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
Brimstone and his Borderhounds take Miami by storm in a major way
Miami, Florida, February 28th, 2011 – Last Saturday morning at 11:30am, Brimstone and his eclectic crew of Borderhounds tore into Wizard World’s Miami Comic Con the only way they know how… with style! Hound Comics, in conjunction with Floating Pear Productions, revealed their highly anticipated Brimstone and The Borderhounds: The Animated Seriestitle sequence to a full house of eagerly awaiting press, fans and curious convention goers. Following the world premiere, the creators entertained attendees with an informative Q&A session and an offering of exclusive Hound Comics wristbands compliments of Bandeez.
Make no mistake; the comic is certainly not playing second fiddle to the animated series – The Borderhounds booth at the convention was packed out with rabid fans looking to score advance copies of Brimstone and The Borderhoundsto be signed by a rare appearance containing four of the five creators. “The entire weekend was perfect! The ONLY thing that was missing was our partner Thiago Castro – so although the event went above and beyond our previous expectations; the success was bittersweet without Thiago on site with the rest of us.” says Hound Comics CEO, William ‘Brimstone’ Kucmierowski.
Even gamers had something to enjoy with a first look at the Brimstone and The Borderhounds video game being viewed exclusively at the booth. “Our goal is to have each form of media play a specific role in the success of the brand as a whole!” says Sajad Shah, Hound Comics VP. “Wizard World Entertainment has been very good to Brimstone and the entire Hound Comics team” says Co-CEO, Marcello Carnevali. He adds, “We look forward to continuing to nurture the relationship we have.” “This being my first official convention on the other side of the table; I was humbled by all the amazing fans that showed their love and appreciation for what we’re doing here.” says Allen Chickering of Hound Comics. He continues, “I’m nobody special; I’m just a regular guy who happens to be a part of something extraordinary”
Hound Comics will be following up the Miami premiere with an Issue two Barnes & Noble release party taking place on March 8th in Manhattan. The semi-private New York City event will offer an exclusive premiere viewing of the animation and celebrity guest appearances from cast members. Privileged guests will be the first to hear the breaking news announcing the pop culture icon, who is the most recent addition to the voice-over cast. When Hound’s Thiago Castro was asked about who the mystery person was, he declared, “All we can say for now is that he’s from a galaxy far, far away! You’ll have to wait until next week!” For press who would like to attend; please contact Amy Di Leo at HoundComics@gmail.com
As New York Comic-Con ramps up, Marvel has graced us with their signing schedule. There are some big name on the schedule as expected including Stan Lee, Joe Quesada, Jeph Loeb, and Brian Michael Bendis and a ton more. The schedule starts Friday at 1:30 and extends to Sunday at 4:00 with many of the Marvel folks signing in multiple sessions. So if for some reason you miss a person you really want to see their is a good chance you can catch them later. Check out the schedule below and enjoy.
Marvel Comics will once again have a strong presence at New York Comic Con (NYCC). Organizers of the annual East Coast pop culture extravaganza have announced that five notable personalities from the renowned comic books and media entertainment company will be Guests of Honor at NYCC and will be participating in several panel discussions at the show. The Guests of Honor who will be taking the NYCC stage on behalf of Marvel include Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Salvador Larroca, Jeph Loeb, and Joe Quesada.
“Marvel is a close partner and friend of our show and it is always a pleasure to announce their participation at New York Comic Con,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for both NYCC and NYAF. “The guests who will be appearing at NYCC on Marvel’s behalf are some of the most celebrated artists and creators working in the pop culture arena. We’re proud to be an industry leading event where premiere exhibitors may bring their talent, as well as launch and display their new content. We are seeing significant growth at NYCC this year and we are preparing for a show that promises to be huge!”
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS is an award-winning comics creator and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last nine years, Brian’s books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts. Brian is currently helming a renaissance for Marvel’s Avengers franchise by writing both Avengers and New Avengers along with the wildly successful event projects House of M, Secret Invasion and Siege. Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel’s Ultimate line of comics, a line of comics specifically created for the new generation of comics reader, and he has written every issue of Ultimate Spider-Man since its best-selling launch in 1999. Brian’s other projects include Scarlet and the Eisner-Award-winning Powers, both from Marvel’s creator-owned imprint Icon. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Alisa, his gorgeous daughters, Olivia and Sabrina, and his dogs, Shroeder, Lucky, and Buster.
MATT FRACTION is the Eisner Award-winning writer of Invincible Iron Man, Thor and Uncanny X-Men, along with his creator-owned series Casanova. He’s written the graphic novels The Five Fists of Science and Last of The Independents. His other comics work includes a Sensational Spider-Man annual and The Immortal Iron Fist with Ed Brubaker, Punisher: War Journal with Rick Remender, Thor: Ages Of Thunder and Thor: Secret Invasion, and the Harvey-nominated The Order. He lives in Kansas City with his wife, the writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, his son Henry, two jerky dogs, and two jerky cats. And some fish. But that’s it.
SALVADOR LARROCA was born and raised in Valencia, Spain. After first working as a cartographer, Larroca began working as a comic artist at Marvel UK on titles including Dark Angel and Death’s Head II. Eventually taking his pencil to US books, Larroca spent three years on Marvel’s Ghost Rider before turning to Captain America, Iron Man, and Fantastic Four in Heroes Return. He then went onto titles including Uncanny X-Men, X-Treme X-Men, Spider-Man: House of M, and Ultimate Daredevil and Elektra. He is currently working on the Eisner-Award-winning Invincible Iron Man with Matt Fraction.
JEPH LOEB is the newly appointed EVP, Head of Marvel Television. He is an Emmy and WGA nominated American film and television writer/producer as well as an award winning comic book writer. He was a producer/writer on the TV series Smallville and Lost, writer of the films Commando and Teen Wolf and Co-Executive Producer/writer on Heroes. A four-time Eisner Award winner and five-time Wizard Fan Awards winner, Jeph’s writing, which has appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List, includes Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, The Hulk, Iron Man and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His is currently writing HULK with Ed McGuinness, ULTIMATE X with Arthur Adams, NEW ULTIMATES with Frank Cho and CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE with his longtime collaborator Tim Sale.
JOE QUESADA wears many creative hats, as both an acclaimed writer-artist and the current editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, the world’s largest and most dynamic comic book publisher. Joe also serves as Chief Creative Officer for Marvel Entertainment. In this role, Joe is steward of such legendary characters as Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, and the Fantastic Four. Even with an entire publishing company to run, Quesada keeps his creative hand moving as well. During his tenure as Editor-in-Chief, he’s completed Daredevil: Father, a story lovingly dedicated to his own father and illustrated Spider-Man: One More Day, which changed the popular web-slinging hero forever. He’s recently completed the bookend to One More Day, Spider-Man: One Moment in Time.
Exhibit space for this year’s NYCC is nearly sold out. Customers interested in signing up for New York Comic Con should contact Larry Settembrini at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets for NYCC and NYAF may be purchased at www.nycomiccon.com. Other information about the shows, as well as news about ReedPOP, which also organizes Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), is available at Lance Fensterman’s blog, www.mediumatlarge.net.
So just a few days after the Thor Trailer leak, here we are again with another trailer leak. This time it's the Avengers teaser trailer. Unfortunately, there is not a lot here but we will take what we can get. Basically, it's an animated Avengers logo with a voice over by Samuel L. Jackson. We hope you enjoy.
On Saturday Marvel officially announced the cast for the upcoming Avengers movie. The Avengers movie which is slated to open May of 2012 has been in the spotlight recently because of the news that Edward Norton would not be playing the Hulk. Saturday Marvel announced that Mark Ruffalo would play the part of Bruce Banner. Additionally, the Avengers movie logo was also announced and is shown below.
The Avengers movie is being directed by Joss Whedon and will star Robert Downey Jr., Clark Gregg, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo.