This weekend, MTV Geek is heading to the fan-favorite Baltimore Comic-Con to bring you all the news, exclusives, and Stan Lee you can handle. Here’s a run down of some of the highlights we’re looking forward to, plus your complete schedule of the must-see panels and events!
Every Con has its exclusives. You can browse the Con floor for publisher-specific swag, like sketch variants and more, but here's the official must-have items at the Con:
The First Annual Yearbook costs you $20, but it's worth it: get 15 contributors to sign your book, and you'll also snag a print by either Joseph Michael Linsner or Barry Kitson, free. Get 20 sigs, you get both. You can grab it at Booths #2505-2507.
Mouse Guard's David Petersen provided the art for this $20 shirt (in case you couldn't guess). It's available at booth #2507, as well.
And there's this Adventure Time print from BOOM! We don't know how much it is, but we do know where you can pick it up. Yup: Booth #2507.
There's panels of course, which we'll get to in a moment, but here's a rundown of the big, must-see events happening at the Con:
The Harvey Awards: The annual awards celebrating excellence in the field of being a giant, imaginary rabbit happen annually at Baltimore Comic-Con, and just kidding, they're actually about comics. According to the site, "The awards kick off at 8:45 with emcee Phil LaMarr and awards participant STAN LEE! Cocktail hour starts at 7pm, followed by dinner at 8:00pm." On Saturday, btw. If you want tickets, they'll set you back $125, or you'll be able to watch the awards only for a $10 fee.
Kids Love Comics: There's a huge emphasis on kids at the Con, including a whole pavilion devoted to all-ages comics, with panels and demonstrations. As opposed to other Cons that tend to banish these creators to the outskirts, they'll be a focus both days. So bring the whole family!
Stan Lee: 4:30-5:30pm on Saturday, the big event is Stan Lee in conversation with John Romita, Sr., interviewed by Mark Waid. That sounds like it's not to be missed, huh? It's in Room 307-310, and we recommend getting there early.
Tom Brevoort's Boot Camp: It's an extra $10 donation to the Hero Initiative Hero (Booth #1705-1706), but it sounds like it's worth it. Brevoort not only gives the lecture he gives to new members of the Marvel Editorial staff, he also has a short Q&A afterwards. If you have any interest in the business side of comics, this is also a must-see.
And here's your panel schedule! Given there's only two rooms, and two days, there's still a lot of big choices to be made. Here's what we're checking out, but of course take a look at the schedule and see what you're interested in:
12:00-1:00 - Mark Waid and Thrillbent
Creators looking to break into digital, sneak peeks at upcoming Thrillbent projects, and other surprises!
1:00-2:00 - Creating Comics the comiXology Way
ComiXology has not only transformed the industry in making digital comics available everywhere, but they have also created the foundation for comic storytelling to be expressed in new ways. Originally created to artfully display comics on small screens, comiXology's revolutionary Guided View reading technology has evolved to dramatically change how comic stories are being told. Join comiXology co-founder John D. Roberts alongside PowerPlay and Infinite Comics artist Reilly Brown and Valentine creator Alex De Campi as they talk about the ins and outs of creating comics using the Guided View tools.
2:00-3:00 - The Future of VALIANT
Valiant is back and, just a few months in, the buzz couldn't be bigger for the most successful relaunch in comics! Now, find out what the future holds for the Valiant Universe with an exclusive round of announcements and in-depth discussion featuring Robert Venditti & Cary Nord (X-O Manowar), Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong), Justin Jordan (Shadowman), Executive Editor Warren Simons and a few surprise guests! What fateful events lay beyond the horizon for the Valiant Universe? Find out right here as Valiant begins drafting its grand plans for 2013, only at Baltimore Comic-Con! PLUS, don’t miss the special door prizes Valiant will have on hand for every panel attendee.
3:00-4:00 - MARVEL: Marvel NOW!
A major shake-up is coming for the Marvel Universe, and you can be the first to know the details! In this panel, Tom Brevoort (SVP - Executive Editor) and some special guests will reveal secrets about the launch of a new line of #1 issues including Uncanny Avengers, Iron Man, Indestructible Hulk, Thor: God of Thunder, and Captain America, and answer your questions about what's coming up in this new iteration of the House of Ideas!
12:00-1:00 - Ron Marz and Jamal Igle Spotlight
Back in 1994, Jamal penciled eight pages in Green Lantern #52 from a script by series writer Ron Marz. It was Jamal's first published work, and while the two remained friends ever since, they haven't worked together in the ensuing years. That's all about to change, as the two creators meet for a spotlight panel discussing the past, present, and future. Specials guests and the announcement of an exciting new project make this a panel you won't want to miss.
2:00-3:00 - Spotlight on Frank Quitely
Frank Quitely is a fan-favorite artist whose work includes All-Star Superman and New X-Men. Now's your chance to learn more about Frank as he discusses his work with artist and teacher, José Villarrubia.
3:00-4:00 - Avatar Press: News and Q&A
Join the Avatar staff and special guest, writer/artist Mike Wolfer (Stitched, Lady Death, Night of the Living Dead), and get all the fresh news from Avatar Press, the industry's most ground-breaking, risk-taking publisher! Want insight into the hottest titles from such industry luminaries as David Lapham, Garth Ennis, and Alan Moore? Can't get enough Ferals, Fashion Beast, or Crossed? Find out what new terrors and triumphs this rogue publisher will unleash in the months ahead, and get your questions answered!
So what did we miss, folks? What else should we check out in Baltimore? The Slave Bells? Or The Plague Ships? Either way, we'll see you there!