My favorite part of any con are the panels. Hearing personal and industry stories puts the humanity into our entertainment. So it has been with great anticipation that I’ve been awaiting the panel lineup for this weekend’s Baltimore Comic-Con, which I’m happy to share with you some of my faves, and a full schedule can be found here. My con will be culminating Sunday with the Cosplay contest; can’t wait to compete in my largest & most organized competition to date!
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12:00-1:00 – Powered by Creators: Bryan J.L. Glass Comes to Dark Horse
Bryan J.L. Glass, known for his Harvey Award-winning series The Mice Templar, unveils his new creator-owned Dark Horse comic! Be the first to learn about this exciting new series!
CBLDF’s Comics on Trial, Part 1-A National Disgrace: Moral Panic and the Birth of the Comics Code
CBLDF proudly debuts Comics on Trial, a new lecture series covering the history of comics censorship and the court cases that changed the medium. In part 1, witness how comics were under attack from the very beginning! Attacks in the popular media gave way to comics burnings in the 1940s. This sparked a wildfire of moral panic culminating with the U.S. government investigating comics before a national audience in 1954 where the face-off between Frederic Wertham and William Gaines changed the medium forever.
2:00-3:00 – Usagi Yojimbo Celebration
Usagi Yojimbo turns thirty next year, and we’re starting the party early! Creator Stan Sakai and editor Diana Schutz talk about bringing the adventures of the rabbit ronin to the page. Plus, Thom Zahler (Love and Capes) discusses designing the Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook celebrating Usagi and David Petersen (Mouse Guard) talks about his contribution to the Yearbook.
3:00-4:00 – We Are BOOM!
You will not want to miss this jam-packed, inspiring hour as BOOM! Founder & CEO Ross Richie and Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon along with special guest creators reintroduce BOOM! Studios to the world of comics. This won’t be your average publisher panel droning on and on through a series of press releases and stale cover images. Find out what makes BOOM! Studios different than every other comic publisher in the market and why 2013 has been a transformative year for us. We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us.
CBLDF’s Comics on Trial, Part 2: Counter Attacks: How Prosecution of Retailers Changed the History of Comics
In 1970, two Manhattan bookstore clerks were arrested and convicted of selling obscene material for “Zap #4,” featuring work by R. Crumb, Spain, and other underground greats. Later in that decade, convention promoter and high school English teacher Phil Seuling was busted for selling a book in the same series, hastening a chain of events that would create the comics specialty market, where the CBLDF has been defending retailers since 1986. Learn the true story of how retailers have been prosecuted for selling comics and how their struggle changed the face of the medium from CBLDF executive director Alex Cox in the second part of CBLDF’s Comics on Trial. Some of the visual material in this presentation may not be appropriate for all audiences.
5:00-6:00 – CBLDF: Banned Comics!
Every year comics are banned in libraries all over the United States; learn how you can fight back! In recent years, comics that have been targeted for bans include all-ages classics like Bone by Jeff Smith and Dragonball by Akira Toriyama, as well as acclaimed books for adult readers like Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and others. Learn more about what comics have been banned and challenged, why comics are banned, and how you can help by being a part of CBLDF’s efforts for Banned Books Week!
12:00-1:00 – Spotlight on Mike Mignola
The famed creator of Hellboy, the B.P.R.D., Lobster Johnson, and more, is also known for his work on the Hulk, Batman, and even Rocket Raccoon! Here’s your chance to spend an hour with Mike and learn more about his work in comics.
|2012 Costume Contest Winners|
The Baltimore Comic-Con Costume Contest is one of the most popular events at the show, attracting fans from far and wide who come to dress up as their favorite characters, show off their hard work in creating fantastic-looking costumes, or to observe and/or photograph costumed attendees — just look at our Facebook photos sections to see where the volume of photos are!
New to this year’s costume contest is our MC, Joe Bronzi. Joe is a Long Island comedian, working professionally for fifteen years. He headlines “A” rooms all over North America like Zanies, Hilarities, the Absolutes in Canada, the Comedy Works, and Wiseguys. He’s worked regularly for four cruise lines, and is a favorite at casinos like the Borgata, Tropicana, MGM, Mohegan Sun, and Turning Stone. Check him out further at joebronzi.com. Joe will be hosting the contest as Baltimore Comic-Con cosplay participants compete for fabulous cash and prizes!
2013’s adult prize packages include:
- Overall Best Costume
- $1000 Grand Prize in Cash
- Prizes in each of the streamlined Adult Men and Adult Women categories:
- $150 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
- $75 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place
- $50 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 3rd Plac
- Group category (winning groups divide prize amount between members)
- $200 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
- $150 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place
- Fan-Favorite as voted on by those in attendance for the Costume Contest:
- $150 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate
- Kids Prizes in each of the Newborn to Age 11 and Age 12 to Age 17 categories:
- $75 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
- $50 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place
- $20 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 3rd Place
|2012 Costume Contest Winners|
Each winner will also receive free admittance to the Baltimore Comic-Con in 2014!
Register to join the contest at booth #2805! Adult Categories have a $5 entry fee per person and, as always, kids up to age 17 can enter the costume contest for free!
Please join us Sunday, September 8 at 1:00pm as StylinOnline.com proudly presents the annual Baltimore Comic-Con Costume Contest!!
“Stylinonline.com is a great friend to Baltimore Comic Con and a perfect fit to sponsor our Costume Contest!” said Marc Nathan, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter.