Official Press Release
BALTIMORE, MD (February 12, 2007) — Hellboy creator and designer of Disney‚s Atlantis Mike Mignola will be the Guest of Honor at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con. The convention will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 8-9, 2007, at the Baltimore Convention Center.
“We’re extremely happy to make this first of many announcements concerning this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con,” said show promoter Marc Nathan. “Mike Mignola has been one of the most requested guests since we started the show, and it’s great to finally have him on board. It’s also exciting to have so many popular guests returning as well as the wonderful new ones we’re adding.”
More headliners include Mark Waid (Brave and the Bold), John Romita, Sr. (Amazing Spider-Man), Frank Cho (Mighty Avengers), Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman), Barry Kitson (Legion of Super-Heroes), Michael Golden (Micronauts), and EC Comics editor Al Feldstein (MAD). The creators range from Golden Age visionaries to modern-day superstars, contributing to a show with something for every comic reader and fan.
Additional guests in the initial line-up include Kyle Baker (Why I Hate Saturn), Howard Chaykin (American Flagg), Steve Conley (The Escapist), Todd DeZago (Telos), Brendon and Brian Fraim (Knights of the Dinner Table), John Gallagher (Buzzboy), Dean Haspiel (Opposable Thumbs), Michael Avon Oeming (Powers), Brandon Peterson (X-Men), Eric Powell (The Goon), Mark Sparacio (Heroes for Hire), Jim Starlin (Dreadstar), Herb Trimpe (G.I. Joe), Billy Tucci (Shi), and J.C. Vaughn (24).
Nathan said the show intends to build on its reputation as the friendliest show on the convention circuit. “Last year we had the highest number of people who traveled a long distance that we’ve ever had,” he said. “I think a lot of that is due to the word of mouth from the creators we invite. They always seem to come back and bring a friend. It’s also due to our location. Baltimore is a day’s drive from anywhere on the eastern seaboard, and it’s convenient from much of the Midwest. But even if you’re not from those areas, you’ll find yourself more than welcome in our town and at our show.”
The Harvey Awards will again be held at the Baltimore Comic-Con, continuing the tradition begun with last year‚s successful dinner and ceremony. Named after the highly influential writer-artist Harvey Kurtzman, the Harvey Awards are the only comic book awards voted on by industry professionals.
DC Comics, Top Cow, Top Shelf, and AdHouse are among the publishers already lined up to display at the show. Also, Diamond Comic Distributors has announced that they will again hold their Retailer Summit in Baltimore on the two days following the show.
Additional guests and event programming will be announced in the coming weeks and months. For those who wish to receive additional updates, the show has created a MySpace page, www.myspace.com/baltimorecomics. The show’s regular site, www.comicon.com/baltimore, will also carry guest lists and other pertinent details.
For additional information about the Baltimore Comic-Con, call (410) 526-7410 or email firstname.lastname@example.org