Baltimore Comic-Con Says Thank You

Press release follows.

The fans, retailers, comic book professionals, and volunteers who joined this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con raised more than $20,000 for The Hero Initiative, more than $2,500 for the Humane Society of Baltimore County in the name of the late Mike Wieringo, and had a fantastic time doing it!

“The weather was great, our guests were awesome, our fans had fun, our vendors loved the enthusiasm of our fans, and the show exclusives sold out rapidly,” said Marc Nathan, the show’s promoter. “It was an excellent weekend. On behalf of everyone at the Baltimore Comic-Con, we want to extend our sincere thanks to all who joined us.”

At the September 8-9, 2007, show at the Baltimore Convention Center, the largest crowd to ever attend the Baltimore Comic-Con got to see two legends, Joe Kubert and John Romita, Sr., work together for the first time (and it’s on video — thanks to our friends at Variant Edition). Joe’s superstar sons, Adam and Andy Kubert, and Silver Age great Dick Ayers were also on hand, helping to raise money for The Hero Initiative.

“The Baltimore Comic-Con has always been supportive of The Hero Initiative and its goals, but this year everyone from the fans to the retailers in attendance really stepped up. We’re really happy with our fundraising efforts there and are set to return next year with as many surprises as we can muster,” said Jim McLauchlin, President of The Hero Initiative.

From Guest of Honor Mike Mignola (Hellboy), special Sunday guest Jim Lee (Batman: Hush), and hometown hero Frank Cho (Mighty Avengers) to first-time guests David Finch (World War Hulk), Sergio Aragonés (Groo), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Jim Shooter (Legion of Super-Heroes), the slate of creators, studios, and publishers found a huge welcome from Baltimore’s fans and those who traveled from far and wide.

A team of artists and writers including Brian Stelfreeze, Dexter Vines, Mark Waid, Craig Rousseau, Ron Garney, Scott Kurtz, Cully Hamner, Michael Golden, Bob McLeod, Chris Sprouse, and Georges Jeanty joined Finch and Todd Dezago at the Humane Society booth to raise money in honor of the late Mike Wieringo in order to create a permanent naming opportunity in the society’s Baltimore County facility.

“I also am excited about being at next year’s event. I have already put the dates 9/27 and 9/28 on my calendar,” said Diane S. Kesler, Co-Executive Director of the Humane Society of Baltimore County. “We had a delightful weekend and with help from the staff, and that of the artists and friends of Mike’s, we raised $2552, certainly an unexpected windfall for us!”

After such a great show, plans are underway for next year’s event on September 27-28, 2008. The first guests announced for 2008 include Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, David Finch, Robert Kirkman, Jim Lee, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Jim Shooter. In addition, both the Hero Initiative and the Humane Society of Baltimore County will return for the next Baltimore Comic-Con.

The Harveys, held Saturday night at the Marriott Inner Harbor after the day’s close of the show floor, witnessed a wide array of winners ranging from indy press superstars to Marvel’s Civil War and DC’s Absolute New Frontier. A full list of the award-winners for 2006 can be found at www.harveyawards.org. The Harvey awards ceremony to celebrate the works of 2007 will be held Sept 27, 2008, in Baltimore.

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