I dearly love attending the Baltimore Comic-Con, largely because it has been an annual reunion with former colleagues and old friends. With its attention squarely on comic books, it’s a chance to immerse myself in my first love, seeing what’s new and hearing the buzz.
This year will be a little different as I will be keeping my eyes open for things to bring back to discuss with my MICA students. Some, in fact, will be in attendance. Sadly, SPX is also the same weekend, so I will miss out on that but will hear about it from some of my other students.
I’ll be back this weekend but on a slightly abbreviated schedule. A quirk of fate has this show opposite the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention on the same weekend. So, tomorrow night, I will be giving a presentation on the history of Wonder Woman (using my research and material shared with me by Andy Mangels). Here’s the description:
Hosted by Robert Greenberger, who wrote and edited more than 100 books and anthologies, many within the DC, Marvel, and Star Trek franchises. Robert will deliver a slide show presentation about the origin of Wonder Woman and the character’s evolution over the years, from the Golden Age, the Silver Age, the Bronze Age, and the modern take, as evident in today’s comics. The character transitioned to live-action television, animated cartoons, merchandise, and even big-screen movie renditions. Did you know Wonder Woman once retired from her costumed alias? Did you know Wonder Woman once committed murder? Then you are in for a real treat.
Why? Because among the wonderful guests listed, there will be Ellie Wood Walker, the first woman ever to play Diana Prince, a.k.a. Wonder Woman (from the aborted 15-minute sample for ABC).
Anyway, on Saturday and Sunday, I will be moderating a nice assortment of panels put together by my old pal Todd Scott.
1:00-1:45 Room 339
MARK WAID Spotlight
In a career spanning 40+ years, Mark Waid has gone from comics journalist to editor to writer to publisher to innovator. He’s thrilled readers with his own creations and reminded us what makes Marvel’s and DC’s champions icons. Robert Greenberger chats with this master storyteller about his amazing career.
2:00 – 2:45 Room 343-3442
Merry Marchin’ Mutant Makers
Marvel’s merry mutants have risen and fallen, been hunted and celebrated, and captivated audiences for over 60 years. Join Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Waid, Walter Simonson, Louise Simonson, Bob McLeod, Philip Tan, and Bob Wiacek in discussion with moderator Robert Greenberger.
12:00-12:45 – Walt’s Works: Manhunter at 50, Thor at 40, and More, Room 338
Walter Simonson and John Workman discuss Manhunter celebrating a 50th anniversary and the iconic run on Thor beginning 40 years ago, plus whatever other great stories they share with Robert Greenberger as a host.
1:00 – 1:45 Room 339-342
Star Trek – Boldly Going for more than 50 years
The crew of the starship Enterprise has been boldly going where no one has gone before since 1966, and it has attracted some of comics’ best-known creators. Andy Price, Steve Conley, Brandon Peterson. Al Milgrom, Louise Simonson, and join host Robert Greenberger, who also reunites with his Debt of Honor team of Chris Claremont and Adam Hughes, to discuss how Star Trek thrives in print.
2:00 – 2:45 Room 338
Charlton Comics was an afterthought, its best days behind it when an atomic detonation arrived in the form of E-Man from Nicola Cuti and Joe Staton. Robert Greenberger hosts a fond look back at the electric man’s career with Joe Staton and editor Mike Gold.
3:00 – 3:45 Room 343-344
Spotlight on José Luis García-López
Considered the artists’ artist, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez rose to be synonymous with the look of DC Comics. For 50 years, he has illustrated every hero in every genre from the company. Come hear the man speak in conversation with moderator Robert Greenberger as they look back at his extensive career.
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