Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 Welcomes Independent Creators and Outlier Voices

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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 Cassano, Dean Haspiel, Clinton Hobart, Dave Proch, Frank Reynoso, David 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.

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.

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.

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 daveproch.com, @dave_proch on Instagram, and patreon.com/daveproch.

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.

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!”

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