Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 Welcomes Independent Creators and Outlier Voices

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – August 15, 2018 – Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor on September 28-30, 2018, bringing comics and pop culture fun to the Baltimore Convention Center all weekend. Buy your tickets now online to avoid additional lines! The Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased to guests new and old, including Jeffrey Burandt, Christa CassanoDean Haspiel, Clinton Hobart, Dave Proch, Frank ReynosoDavid Trustman, and Sarah Trustman to the show in 2018.

Sick Monster by Jeffrey Burandt
Jeffrey Burandt is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been published by DC Entertainment, Details Magazine, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Oni Press, Overflow Magazine, several blogs and indie publishers, and he is a founding editor of the digital salon, TripCity. His first graphic novel, Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad from Oni Press, illustrated by Dennis Culver and with color art by Ramon Villalobos, has won the 2017-2018 Texas Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List Award, and is listed by Den of Geek as one of the best graphic novels of 2015. His most recent work has appeared in the New York Times Best-Selling Love Is Love anthology, featuring art by Sean Von Gorman and colorist Paul Mounts. Jeffrey is currently working on a 6-issue series, Blood + Brains, with artist Jason Goungor; a webcomic titled Gonad the Ballbarian, with artist Blake Sims; Rainbow Boy short stories with artist Sean Von Gorman; and has recently completed an original graphic novel titled Sick Monster, with artist Donal DeLay.
Illustration from These Constellation Will Be Yours by Christa Cassano
Christa Cassano is a classically trained artist and illustrator, currently branching out into areas of design for film and web. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and she has been an Artist-in-Residence at IAIA, Yaddo, and The Atlantic Center for the Arts, a regular contributor to comix anthologies including RESIST!, Mereological Nihilism, and A.P.B. – Artists Against Police Brutality, and self-publisher of The Giant Effect, and experimental comics collected in Le Cadavre Exquis. In 2016, she was an Eisner Award nominee for co-adapting John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown into a graphic novel. She lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.
The Red Hook by Dean Haspiel
Emmy and Ringo award winner Dean Haspiel created Billy Dogma, The Red Hook, and War Cry. He illustrated for HBO’s Bored To Death, is a Yaddo fellow, a playwright, and helped pioneer personal webcomics. Dino has written, drawn, and collaborated on many superheroes and literary graphic novels, including Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor, The Fox, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Deadpool, X-Men, Batman, The Fantastic Four, Godzilla, and Mars Attacks for Marvel, DC/Vertigo, Archie, Image, IDW, Dark Horse, Heavy Metal, LINE Webtoons, etc. Check out Dino’s The Red Hook graphic novel from Image Comics, and the 10th Anniversary edition of The Alcoholic, written by Jonathan Ames, from Berger Books.
Harley Quinn by Clinton Hobart
Clinton T. Hobart is a fine artist and Licensed Disney fine artist. He creates original oil paintings of a wide variety of subjects ranging from classical subject matter such as fruit and eggshells to more modern subjects such as Mickey Mouse and Doritos. Even his Disney paintings are technically still-lifes, because he works from real objects in front of him. If he cannot find the objects he desires to paint, he frequently will build elaborate “sets” from which to work. In addition to painting for Disney, Hobart also paints still-lifes, portraits, cosplay paintings, and ocean waves. He has been featured on NBC News, FOX News, The CW, ABC News, and American Artist magazine. He appeared on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelle after a Chinese company sold forged copies of his paintings online. Afterward, the Huffington Post mentioned the story in an article stating that Clinton was part of a “sting operation.” Hobart’s painting “A Portrait of Doritos” is in the private collection of actor Michael Rooker from Guardians Of The Galaxy and The Walking Dead.
The Homecoming King Treasury Edition by Dave Proch

Dave Proch is an independent comic artist based in west Philadelphia. He has previously been published in the Locust Moon Press anthology books, Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, Once Upon a Time Machine, and various issues of their Quarter Moon anthology series. He has self-published his own series called Mango Lizard for the last five years as well as self-publishing the first treasury edition of his new book, The Homecoming King. He can be found online at, @dave_proch on Instagram, and

The Cask of Amontillado by Frank Reynoso
Frank Reynoso is a comics creator, author, and illustrator. He contributed to the forthcoming SCI: The Jewish Comics Anthology Volume 2 (AH Comics). His work has appeared in The Sweetness (Z2 Comics), Kings and Canvas (Comixology), The Brooklynite (LINE Webtoon), Garbage Pail Kids (IDW), Occupy Comics (Black Mask Studios), World War 3 Illustrated, House of 12’s Touching Children’s Stories, and The Beautiful Book of Exquisite Corpses (Penguin Books). Frank illustrated the books Literary Theory for Beginners and Civil Rights for Beginners. His comic book adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado will debut at Baltimore Comic-Con.
The Memory Arts by Sarah and David Trustman
David Trustman is an Indy comix writer/artist, mnemonist, and speaker. He is the co-creator and artist of the groundbreaking graphic series The Memory Arts. Teaching ancient mnemonic (memory) techniques through vibrant watercolor comic imagery, the latest book has been called “…one of the most important books in magic…ever!” (Vanish Magazine, May 2018). David got his start in the indy comix arena as writer/artist of The Rise, Welcome to Karma Springs, and the socio-political satire GOD Slap. When not making comix, David and his wife/Memory Arts partner, Sarah, are speaking about memory (TedxMidAtlantic, Magi-Fest).
Writer Sarah Trustman broke into the publishing scene with her co-creation, The Memory Arts. The renowned series teaches mnemonics (the ancient art of memory) through fun, modern, graphic storytelling. A TEDx speaker, Sarah regularly talks and teaches about memory to audiences both large and small.
“It’s always great to have guests representing the alternative comics scene” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Some of them work on huge mainstream properties, but they all dabble in the outlying territories, if not focus there. They’re great folks and great creators, and are definitely a stop on every attendee’s tour of the show floor for the weekend!”
In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Arthur Adams (Guardians of the Galaxy), Joel Adams (Bucky O’Hare Graphic Novel Coloring Book), Neal Adams (Deadman), Zeea Adams (Neal Adams Monsters), Ethan Scott Ambruson (Azteca: Ciudad Paradiso), Marc Andreyko (Jeepers Creepers), Arantza (fantasy artist), Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), Mike W. Barr (The Outsiders), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Marty Baumann (Big Hero 6), John Beatty (Batman), Carolyn Belefski (Curls), Simon Bisley (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bodycount), Ziggy Blumenthal (Operation Pajama Pants), June Brigman (Power Pack), Pat Broderick (Micronauts), Harold Buchholz (Mystery Science Theatre 3000), Mark Buckingham (Scooby Apocalypse), Greg Burnham (Tuskegee Heirs), Buzz (Superman: The Coming of the Supermen), Jim Calafiore (Leaving Megalopolis), Frank Cammuso (Wrong Earth), Chris Campana (Pathfinder: Worldscape – Vampirella), Greg Capullo (Dark Knights: Metal), Joe Carabeo (Black Magic Tales), Christa Cassano (Ghetto Klown), Howard Chaykin (Captain America), Sean Chen (Jasmine: Crown of Kings), Joyce Chin (All-New Wolverine), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Michael Cho (Batwoman), Amy Chu (Red Sonja), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Steve Conte (Action Figure Kingdom), Katie Cook (Thanos Annual), Denys Cowan (The Question), Clayton Crain (Spidergeddon), Paris Cullins (WWE Superstars), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), J. Robert Deans (The Bear from A.U.N.T.), Tom DeFalco (Spider-Girl, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Jose Delbo (Spongebob Comics), Vito Delsante (Midnight Tiger Stronger), Todd Dezago (Tellos), Dave Dorman (Black Hops: U.S.A.-*-G.I.), Charles C. Dowd (Lilith Dark), Emily Drouin (Eplis), Anne and Jerzy Drozd (Science Comics: Rockets), Todd Emko & Piggy (A Piggy’s Tale), Garth Ennis (Jimmy’s Bastards, Friday and Saturday only), G.D. Falksen (The Ouroboros Cycle), David Finch (Trinity), Meredith Finch (Rose), Ramona Fradon (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Franco (Encounter), Jenny Frison (Wonder Woman), John Gallagher (Captain Canuck Season 4), Will Gallagher (EPIC Bros.), S.L. Gallant (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero vs. the Six Million Dollar Man), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (DC Nation), Steve Geiger (Web of Spider-Man), Joe Giella (The Flash), Mike Gold (The Pilgrim), Michael Golden (Micronauts: Wrath of Karza), Daniel Govar (Thanos: A God Up There Listening), Jimmy Gownley (Zootopia), John Patrick Green (Mickey Mouse Shorts: Season One), Sanford Greene (1000), Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred), Tom Grummett (The New Titans, courtesy of Hero Initiatiive), Laura Lee Gulledge (Will & Whit), Bob Hall (Squadron Supreme), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook), Glenn Hauman (The Whisper Campaign), Marc Hempel (Sandman), Clinton Hobart (Disney fine artist), Greg Horn (Batman), Ken Hunt (Lady Death: Devotions), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), Tony Isabella (Black Lightning), Klaus Janson (Nightwing, Saturday and Sunday only), Todd Johnson (Tribe), Justin Jordan (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps), Chris Kemple (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Karl Kesel (Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77), Tom King (Batman), Barry Kitson (The Flash), Todd Klein (Black Hammer: Age of Doom), Evelyn Kriete (Weird Tales), Alisa Kwitney (Mystik U), Jade F. Lee (Rolled & Told), Leo Leibelman (Heavy Metal), Paul Levitz (Brooklyn Blood), Mike Lilly (The Tick), Joseph Michael Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), Kevin Maguire (Man of Steel), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), Mike Manley (Judge Parker), Chris Mariano (Claire Lost her Bear at the World’s Fair), Mark Mariano (Adventure Time), Billy Martin (Star Wars Adventures), Shawn Martinbrough (Shadowman), Ron Marz (Fathom Vol. 7), Ed McGuinness (Avengers), Bob McLeod (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero), Carla Speed McNeil (Empowered & Sistah Spooky’s High School Hell), Dawn McTeigue (Divinica), Adriana Melo (Plastic Man, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Frank Miller (Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander, Saturday and Sunday only), Stuart Moore (Deadpool the Duck), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Mark Morales (Justice League), Michael Moreci (Nightwing), Tony Moy (Mainstream), Trevor Mueller (Albert the Alien), Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground), Denny O’Neil (DC Universe Holiday Special, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Jerry Ordway (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero vs The Six Million Dollar Man), Rachel Ordway (The Elvis Adventures), John Ostrander (Suicide Squad, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Tom Palmer (Avengers), Dan Parent (Betty & Veronica Friends Forever), Jeff Parker (Future Quest Presents), Paul Pelletier (Titans Special), Andrew Pepoy (Mighty Moe Szyslak), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Green Lanterns), Tom Peyer (Captain Kid), Richard and Wendy Pini (Elfquest), Ed Piskor (X-Men: Grand Design – Second Genesis), Chase and Mark Poulton (Pizza Tree), Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), David Proch (Quarter Moon), Tom Raney (Giantkillers), Mark Redfield (Hunted), Frank Reynoso (Garbage Pail Kids: Fables, Fantasies and Farts), Roy Richardson (The Flash), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (Startup), Stephane Roux (Faith: Dreamside), Jim Rugg (Street Angel), P. Craig Russell (Salome and Other Stories), Stuart Sayger (GI Joe: A Real American Hero vs. The Six-Million Dollar Man), Brian Shearer (William the Last), Jeff Shultz (Archie Jumbo Comics Digest), Mimi Simon (Judge Parker), Louise Simonson (Action Comics #1000), Walter Simonson (Thor), Skan (Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk), Matt Slay (Equilibrium), Dan Slott (Tony Stark: Iron Man), Andy Smith (Demi-God), John K. Snyder (Fashion in Action), Scott Snyder (Justice League, Saturday only), Mark Sparacio (Chelsea Dagger), Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity Siblings, Saturday and Sunday only), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Jim Steranko (Action Comics), Paul Storrie (The Viking Queen), Larry Stroman (Tribe), Rob Stull (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Arthur Suydam (Marvel Zombies Return), Peter Tomasi (Superman), Tim Truman (Grimjack), David Trustman (God Slap), Sarah Trustman (The Memory Arts), Billy Tucci (Shi), Ted Tucker (Disney World caricature artist), Mike Vasquez (Invader Zim), Gus Vazquez (Sunfire and Big Hero Six), Emilio Velez Jr. (Dodgeball Teens), Mark Waid (Captain America), Adam Wallenta (Punk Taco), Adam Warren (Empowered & Sistah Spooky’s High School Hell), Michael Watkins (Pantha), Larry Watts (Evil Dead 2: Cradle of the Damned); Todd Webb (Mr. Toast Comics), Dexter Weeks (Savage Eve), Lee Weeks (Batman), Mark Wheatley (Stargate Atlantis Singularity), Bob Wiacek (All New Wolverine), Matt Wieringo (Stargate Atlantis Gateways), Marcus Williams (Hero Cats of Stellar City: Year One), Javier Cruz Winnik (A Reason to Smile), Renee Witterstaetter (X-Force Epic Collection), Rich Woodall (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), John Workman (Kick-Ass), Thom Zahler (Time & Vine), Mike Zeck (The Punisher), and Liang Zhao (The Phantom).

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