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Baltimore Comic-Con offers fun for all age comic fans

Take the whole family to the Baltimore Comic-Con Sept. 25-27, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

The comic convention has something for everyone including panel spotlights on many popular comics, conversations with comic creators, a costume contest for all ages and many fun Kids Love Comics panels.

comic conFriday will feature spotlights on David Petersen’s Mouse Guard, Marvel Comics’ New Mutants, and numerous panels featuring some of the industry’s largest publishers including Dynamite Entertainment, IDW, and Valiant Entertainment.

Saturday, go to Batman Day Baltimore Comic-Con style with publisher panels including Marvel, BOOM! Studios, Valiant Entertainment, and Action Lab Entertainment, and spotlight panels on Charles Soule, Jules Feiffer, Russ Heath, and Guest of Honor Mark Waid and media guests Paul Blackthorne and Ming-Na Wen.

Sunday, learn about Vivek Tiwary’s The Fifth Beatle, the 75th anniversary of Will Eisner’s The Spirit and attend spotlights on Scott Snyder, Tom Palmer and media guests Katie Cassidy and Edward James Olmos.

The Kids Love Comics panel will take place Saturday in the Workshop Area at the Kids Love Comics Pavilion and will include:

Don’t miss the Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area which will feature:

  • 11 a.m.-noon – Learn to Draw Owly and Everything Else! with Andy Runton. Andy Runton, creator of the award-winning Owly series, teaches you how to pencil and ink your drawings. Open to kids, parents, and anyone who wants to learn how the professionals draw comics!
  • Noon-1 p.m. – Pixel Portraits with Tim Fielder. Pixel Portraits: A Digital Storytelling Workshop, by the creator of Matty’s Rocket, showcases his storyboarding process of panel to panel techniques for comics, animation, and film.
  • 1-2 p.m. – Create Your Own Superhero Symbol with Carolyn Belefski. Every hero needs a logo! Many superheroes have personal branding on their outfits and My Little Pony characters even have cutie marks! Join artist and designer Carolyn Belefski and learn how to incorporate graphic design elements to create an icon and establish your own powerful visual identity.
  • 2-3 p.m. – Light Saber Training with Jedi Master Jongal. Learn the ancient techniques of the light saber in this fun and safe workshop lead by Jedi Master Jongal of the Dagobah system.
  • 3-4 p.m. – Alien Art with Dawn Griffin and Steve Conley. Dawn and Steve draw fun comics about aliens. In this workshop, you’ll meet Dawn and Steve, learn how they create their comics, and draw your own wacky alien!
  • 4-5 p.m. – Superhero University (Open to the first 40 kids). You won’t be able to fly and it won’t give you super powers, but you will learn all the ins and outs of superheroics from the industry’s top professors. PLUS, you’ll have fun making your own cape and superhero mask! Come to this workshop as a kid, leave as a superhero!
  • 5-6 p.m. – PIC-DRAW! with Dave Roman. Dave Roman, creator of Astronaut Academy, hosts this fun, improvised drawing game that combines as many awesome things as a single piece of paper can handle!
  • 6-7 p.m. – Creating Comic Strips with Ben Taylor and Chris Otto. Do you have a funny idea for a comic strip? Chris Otto and Ben Taylor are the minds behind the popular webcomic, A Dog’s Life. They’ll share their insight on writing and drawing comic strips. Working with ideas from the audience, Chris and Ben will create a brand new comic strip.

This year, the adult costume contest is being held on Saturday, Sept. 26 and will be split into amateur and professional contests. The professional contest will have a $10 entrance fee and a $1,000 grand prize. The amateur adult costume contest will have a $5 entrance fee and a $500 grand prize.

The children’s costume contest will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27 and will have no entry fee and a $100 grand prize.

Hours of the Baltimore Comic-Con are Friday, 1-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $25 on Friday and Sunday, $30 on Saturday and $55 for all three days. Children 10 and under are free with a paying adult. For details visit the Baltimore Comic-Con website.

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