BCC’14: Saturday original art auction to benefit Seth Kushner

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The Baltimore Comic-Con’s Yearbook returns in 2014, celebrating the creators appearing at the show taking place Friday, September 5th through Sunday, September 7th, 2014. This book of art features interpretations of characters from Matt Wagner’s Grendel, sometimes in conjunction with their own creations, in a celebration of creator-owned properties. Beautifully designed by returning guest and Love and Capes creator Thom Zahler, the book comes in a standard and, for VIP ticketholders, a limited VIP cover edition.

Once again, our popular scavenger hunt returns in 2014! When you buy the book, you’ll get a list of our 48 Yearbook contributors and their table numbers. If you succeed in your hunt, you can get your choice of bonus prints!

Grendel first appeared as Matt Wagner’s contribution to issue #2 of the 1982 comics anthology Comico Primer. Moving onto a solo black-and-white series with Comico in 1993, the initial run lasted 3 issues before cancellation due to the publisher’s financial problems. Wagner then relaunched the character in back-up stories in his Comico title, Mage, before a new standalone title launched by the same publisher in 1986, which transitioned publishers to Dark Horse Comics in 1990. Grendel as a character has existed in different times as different people — Hunter Rose, Christine Spar, Brian Li Sung, Eppy Thatcher, Orion Assante, and more. The character has gone on to cross over with DC Comics’ Batman and, most recently, with Dynamite Entertainment’s Grendel vs. The Shadow.

“Baltimore Comic Con is one of my favorite shows of the year!”said Matt Wagner. “The hosts are organized and gracious, the fans are enthusiastic, and the con’s focus is still firmly centered on the unique medium that makes all those summer movie blockbusters possible-comic books! I was thrilled and honored when my old friends at BCC asked if they could spotlight GRENDEL in their annual Yearbook. I hope to see many of you at the show-and sign your Yearbooks!”

“Matt is a long-term friend of the Baltimore Comic-Con — he joined us in our second show way back in 2001, and has been back many times,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Grendel, and the character’s many incarnations, is an amazing source for our guests and friends to interpret for the Baltimore Comic-Con’s 2014 Yearbook, and the artwork that has come in is beautiful. We’re so grateful to Matt for letting us use his character this year.”

The art created for the 2014 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook celebrating over 30 years of Matt Wagner’s Grendel will be auctioned off at the Baltimore Comic-Con Art Auction on Friday, September 5th at 5pm! A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to Seth Kushner and his fight against leukemia. Seth is a frequent guest of the Baltimore Comic-Con and we are looking forward to his return to the show in 2015! To learn more about Seth and to contribute to his cause, please go to http://www.gofundme.com/d8gc2o.

Don’t miss this opportunity to own original art featuring Matt’s characters as depicted by artists including Alan Davis, Allison Sohn, Andy Runton, Andy Smith with colors by Andrew Dalhouse, Bernard Chang, Billy Martin, Billy Tucci, Budd Root, Chris Kemple, Craig Rousseau with colors by Nate Lovett, Dan Parent, Daniel Govar, Dave Bullock, David Finch, David Mack, Dean Haspiel, Francesco Francavilla, Fred Hembeck, Jeff Shultz, Jeremy Dale, Joe Prado, Joe Staton with colors by Matt Webb, John Gallagher, John K. Snyder III, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Kelly Yates, Ken Hunt, Lora Innes, Mark Dos Santos And Autumn Fredrickson, Mark Mariano, Mark Wheatley, Marty Baumann, Matt Slay, Michael Golden, Mike Vosburg, Nate Lovett, Ray Fawkes, Rich Woodall with colors by Nate Lovett, Richard Case, Richard Clark, Rick Veitch, Ron Randall, Seth Kushner, Steve Conley, Thom Zahler, Tom Palmer, Tom Raney, and Tradd Moore!

The book will be sold, and the art auction will be held at 5pm on Friday, September 5th in our Main hall, in the Exclusives Booth in the lobby. The book will be available at the Baltimore Comic-Con for $20.

TICKETS
General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are now on sale! Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets now!

In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 14th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 5-7, 2014. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 9 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.