Additions for Baltimore Comic-Con!

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Darwyn Cooke, the writer-artist behind DC’s New Frontier and a recent year-long stint on Will Eisner’s The Spirit, and John Romita, Sr., the artist who for many fans (and other creators) defined what the Amazing Spider-Man looked like, lead a new slate of guests that could comprise the entire line-up for another show. Instead, they’re just the latest additions to the next Baltimore Comic-Con, which will be held September 27-28, 2008 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Also on the docket are Perhapanauts creators Todd Dezago (Tellos) and Craig Rousseau (X-Men: First Class), and Jim Calafiore (Exiles, Captain Marvel). They join recently announced guests Alex Saviuk (Web of Spider-Man, Feast of the Seven Fishes), Phil Noto (Danger Girl, Jonah Hex) and Herb Trimpe (Incredible Hulk).

“We are thrilled to have Darwyn Cooke coming to his first Baltimore Comic-Con and we’re equally pleased to have John Romita, Sr. back again. They are easily two of the most requested guests we’ve had,” said Marc Nathan, the show’s promoter. “We’re also very happy to have Todd Dezago, Craig Rousseau, and Jim Calafiore returning, too, since the Baltimore Comic-Con has been become a place where their loyal fans expect to see them!”

Swamp Thing co-creator and Frankenstein artist Bernie Wrightson will be the show’s Guest of Honor.

He headlines a guest list that now includes, in alphabetical order, Kyle Baker (The Bakers), Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man, New Avengers), Howard Chaykin (American Flagg), Cliff Chiang (Green Arrow & Black Canary), Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows, Mighty Avengers), Steve Conley (Star Trek, The Escapist), Amanda Conner (JSA Classified, Terra), Darwyn Cooke (New Frontier), David Finch (World War Hulk, New Avengers), Ramona Fradon (Aquaman), John Gallagher (Buzzboy, Roboy Red), Ron Garney (Wolverine), Michael Golden (Micronauts, The 'Nam), Cully Hamner (Blue Beetle, Black Lightning), Dean Haspiel (Brawl), Adam Hughes (Catwoman), Stuart Immonen (Ultimate Spider-Man), Geoff Johns (Green Lantern, Action Comics), J.G. Jones (Final Crisis, 52), Robert Kirkman (Invincible, Ultimate X-Men), Barry Kitson (Empire, The Order), Jim Lee (Batman: Hush, Wildcats), David Mack (Kabuki, Daredevil), Phil Noto (Danger Girl, Jonah Hex), Michael Avon Oeming (Mice Templar, Powers), Jimmy Palmiotti (Painkiller Jane, Jonah Hex), Brandon Peterson (Ultimate X-Men, Strange), Eric Powell (The Goon), Tom Raney (Ultimate X-Men), Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween, Heroes), Alex Saviuk (Web of Spider-Man, Feast of the Seven Fishes), Jim Shooter (Legion of Super-Heroes), John K. Snyder III (Suicide Squad), Vincent Spencer (Zombie-Proof), Robert Tinnell (EZ Street), Herb Trimpe (Incredible Hulk), J.C. Vaughn (Zombie-Proof, 24), Neil Vokes (The Black Forest, The Wicked West), Mike Vosburg (Lori Lovecraft), Matt Wagner (Zorro, Grendel), Mark Waid (Flash, Boom! Studios), and Mark Wheatley (Frankenstein Mobster).

The Harvey Awards will return to the Baltimore Comic-Con for the third consecutive year. The awards dinner and ceremony will be held Saturday night, September 27, 2008, following the convention's normal hours. As in 2007, the first 300 paid attendees and honorees at the 2008 Harvey Awards Ceremonies will receive a Hollywood-style bag of swag. Last year's bag included The EC Archives: Two-Fisted Tales - Volume 1 from Gemstone Publishing, a complete base set of the soon-to-be-released Jericho Season One trading cards from Inkworks, an exclusive pin from AdHouse Books, a Comic-Con exclusive edition of 30 Days of Night: Red Snow #1 from IDW Publishing, a Toon Tumbler from Popfun Merchandising, and an exclusive Harvey Awards keychain from LaserMach. Kyle Baker will return as Master of Ceremonies for the evening's events.

For more information about the Baltimore Comic-Con, email cardscomicscollectibles@yahoo.com or call (410) 526-7410. The guest list and other information can be found at www.comiccon.com/baltimore or on www.myspace.com/baltimorecomics.

For more information about the Harvey Awards, including sponsorship opportunities, email baltimorecomiccon@yahoo.com.

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