BALTIMORE COMIC CON 2018 Welcomes Independent Creators and Outlier Voices

Announced today by Baltimore Comic Con comes news that the event is bringing attendees an impressive assembly of independent of artist to their already fine group of guests. Read on further to get the details in the press release....

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 15, 2018 - 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.

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 titledSick 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 includingRESIST!, 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.

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, includingHarvey 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.