Baltimore Comic-Con Panels Announced

Baltimore Comic-Con

The programming slate for the 2011 Baltimore Comic-Con has been announced, and it’s got some goodies! There are two tracks, running from 11-5 on Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday. Here are some highlights from Saturday, with my comments:

Saturday, 11:00-12:00 – Creating Your Comic/Manga from Concept to Publication – Husband and wife creators (and Harvey Award Nominees) Comfort Love and Adam Withers teach you how to create your own comic. The entire process — concepting, scripting, thumbnails, pencils, color, PDF’s and CBZ’s, printing, distribution, the web, and even maximizing your convention experience will be covered in this seminar. You will walk away with an understanding of the tools you will need to create and sell your own book.

Great idea, but I fear attendees will be antsy in their eagerness to get to the show. This feels more to me like a Sunday afternoon kind of event, but I know that scheduling is difficult, with so many options and so few timeslots. It’s a good idea to point out that there’s more to making a comic than just drawing it; aspiring comic makers need that kind of high-level business view pointed out to them. The creators mentioned put out a comic called The Uniques.

12:00-1:00 – Spotlight on Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, & Kevin Maguire – Giffen, DeMatteis, and Maguire are the fan-favorite creative team behind Defenders, Metal Men, and Justice League. With stories that blend adventure and humor, their books are like no other. Join the men who put the “Bwah” in “Bwah-ha-ha” as they take a look at their work together.

This kind of “we’re not promoting anything in particular, we’re just talking about good comics” panel is what I love about Baltimore.

3:00-4:00 – Spotlight on the Legion of Super-Heroes – Travel with us to the 31st Century as we take a look at DC’s futuristic super team, The Legion of Super-Heroes! Join creators Keith Giffen, Mike Grell, Mark Waid, Barry Kitson, and Chris Roberson as they talk about the tales they’ve told in the Legion’s long and storied history. Long Live the Legion!

I am so eager to see this! Unfortunately, they’ve put it against the costume contest, which is getting a lot of promotion from the show.

In addition to those I’ve pointed out, there are spotlights on Charles Vess, Jeff Smith and Stan Sakai, Shannon Wheeler, Boom! Studios, and Top Cow (with a bribe free gift to attendees). The Marvel (1) and DC panels (2) consist of creators who work for the companies, not the editorial staff, since neither company is officially setting up at the show. Marvel’s got a conflict, since they’re attending the D23 Disney fan expo that’s held the same time on the opposite coast. DC’s probably just tired of having to defend the relaunch to uncertain fans.

Sunday features a couple of intriguing overviews of digital comics:

11:00-12:00 – Comics Jukebox: All-Ages Comics in the Digital Age – Digital, web, & downloadable comics are a growing trend in the medium, but where do kids comics stand in this arena? Creators John Gallagher and Steve Conley moderate over a panel of experts, including Dan Parent (Archie), Steve Hamaker (Bone, Fish & Chips), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space!), Rich Faber (Roboy Red!) and Todd DeZago (Perhapanauts, Superhero Squad). Those in attendance will get a special card allowing them to download a FREE Exclusive BUZZBOY story from John Gallagher, and one person will win the opportunity to make a cameo appearance in “Leon, Protector of the Playground,” the new all-ages graphic novel by Jamar Nicholas.

1:00-2:00 – Going Digital: Day and Date, and what you need to know – With Marvel announcing their same-day-strategy and DC starting August 31st to provide you with their acclaimed line of comics the same day digitally as they come out in print, you need to make sure you are prepared. With almost everything you want on demand or deliverable to your door, why should your comics be any different? Marvel and DC, with the help of comiXology, have created a digital comics experience that puts the power back in your hands to enjoy your favorite comics on demand. Come join John D. Roberts, co-founder of comiXology, who will lead our panel as we explore the new digital horizons together.

Shame I’m only able to go on Saturday, because these two sound like good sources of insight on facing the future. And, of course, there’s this highlight, wrapping up the show for those inclined towards the Silver Age:

3:00-4:00 – Stan Lee Spotlight – Face Front, True Believers! This is a panel no comics fan will want to miss as Jimmy Palmiotti sits down with the one and only Stan “The Man” Lee! He is a Founding Father of the Marvel Universe and the face of Marvel Comics to legions of fans. Join the writer, editor, actor, and legend as he discusses his illustrious career. Excelsior!

3 Responses to “Baltimore Comic-Con Panels Announced”

  1. B Says:

    I’m really looking forward to some of the panels that are going on! I only have a Saturday pass at the moment but might have to pick up a Sunday pass just to see Stan Lee.

  2. Grant Says:

    the Giffen, DeMatteis & Maguire panel and the Legion of Superheroes panel should be good.

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