Monday, March 16, 2015

Klaus Janson, Inker on "The Dark Knight Returns," at Baltimore Comic-Con 2015

Join Cully, Dean, Klaus, and Seth at Baltimore Comic-Con 2015!

The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to Baltimore's beautiful Inner Harbor on September 25-27, 2015 for our 16th annual show! Come to the Baltimore Convention Center this fall to meet returning guests Cully Hamner, Dean Haspiel, Klaus Janson, and Seth Kushner.

One of the founding members of Gaijin Studios, Cully Hamner has worked for every major publisher in the comics industry (and many minor ones) since his debut at DC Comics in 1992, where he provided art duties on Green Lantern: Mosaic. He later went on to make a name for himself working on DC's Blue Beetle and Black Lightning: Year One, and his comic, Red was adapted as a major motion picture. Recently, you can find his art on Valiant's The Delinquents variant covers and DC's Convergence: The Question, as well as a Superman: Man of Steel statue design!

Emmy Award winner and Harvey and Eisner Award nominee Dean Haspiel is a man of many talents. In addition to major comics accomplishments like his seminal  Billy Dogma and collaborations with alt-comix legend Harvey Pekar, "Dino" has provided art for HBO's "Bored to Death", co-founded HANG DAI Editions, and was a playwright ("Switch to Kill"). He has provided art for titles such as Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men: First Class, IDW's Godzilla Legends, and Locust Moon Press' Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream. You can find him these days providing art on DC Comics' Batman '66, covers on Action Lab Entertainment's The Stray, and plots and art on Archie Comics' The Fox.

Klaus Janson's storied career begins back in the 1970s, when he got his first professional comics credit on Marvel's Jungle Action, and he's built a long line of comics work ever since, with noteworthy penciling or inking runs on titles such as Marvel's Defenders and Daredevil, and DC's Detective Comics and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. His artistic skills see him regularly as a penciller, inker, and colorist, and he regularly teaches courses, both publicly at venues such as the School of Visual Arts, and privately at comics publishing events and conventions. You can find examples of his recent work on DC Comics' Superman and Convergence: Batman and Robin, and Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man.

And last but certainly not least, we are especially pleased to welcome back to the Baltimore Comic-Con comix creator and photographer Seth Kushner! For those of you unaware, Seth was unable to attend our 2014 show during his battle with leukemia, and we're happy to report he has recovered and will be joining us this year. Seth's entry into the world of comics came as a result of his friendship with Dean Haspiel, of whom he was taking pictures for a book on interesting people in Brooklyn. As Dean introduced Seth to more people in comics, he became the defacto photographer for many creators, and this work led to the publication of Leaping Tall Buildings, which profiled the comics medium using Seth's pictures of industry players. Since then, Seth went on to become one of the contributors to Trip City, an online repository of online art, and its successor, Act-i-Vate, a webcomics collective. Seth's Schmuck Comix and Secret Sauce Comix are being reissued by Hang Dai Editions through Alternative Comics this year.

"We are so happy to have these 4 guys back go our show, and we know our attendees will be as well," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "It is particularly fantastic to have Seth Kushner rejoining our annual comics party -- he was with us in spirit last year, even though he couldn't attend in person, and we're excited to see him on the Baltimore Convention Center floor in 2015!"

This year's confirmed guests for the show include: Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl); Steve Conley (Bloop); Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn); Katie Cook (Gronk); Darwyn Cooke (Richard Stark's Parker); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Cully Hamner (Convergence: The Question); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets); Klaus Janson (Superman); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Seth Kushner (Schmuck); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Terry Moore (Rachel Rising); Tom Palmer (The Avengers); Jimmy Palmiotti (The Con Job); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman - The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Convergence: Superman - The Man of Steel); Andy Smith (Earth 2); Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans); Ben Templesmith (Gotham by Midnight); Frank Tieri (Suicide Squad); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Mark Waid (Daredevil); and Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friends Forever).

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.

Contact Information:

Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con: - for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution for exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley registrations - for the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet - for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 16th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. For more information, please visit

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 10 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


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