The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 8-10, 2023. The Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased to present Jan Duursema, Garth Ennis, Tom Mandrake, Ron Marz, Al Milgrom, and Craig Rousseau as comics guests at our 2023 event. Fans can get their tickets online now.
Jan Duursema‘s first published comics work appeared in Sgt. Rock and Heavy Metal (1979). She began working for DC Comics in 1980 and co-created Arion, Lord of Atlantis which first appeared as a backup story in Warlord. This was followed by work on Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Hawkworld, and Hawkman, as well as a story in Wonder Woman #300.
Her first work for Marvel Comics appeared in Star Wars #92. Other projects for Marvel include X-Factor, The Hulk, Knight of Terra, several X-Men books, and covers for Star Wars titles.
Her work with Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars franchise began with Star Wars: Chewbacca #2. After that, Jan drew several Star Wars series for Dark Horse, including Star Wars: Darth Maul, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars Republic, Republic Clone Wars, Star Wars Legacy, and Dawn of the Jedi.
Jan drew and co-wrote Hexer Dusk, a creator-owned sci-fi horror graphic novel with John Ostrander.
Other projects include Elric: The Vanishing Tower for First Comics, Summit for Lion Forge, and two stories for John Carpenter’s HalloweeNight for Storm King. Jan is currently working for Storm King on a soon-to-be-announced project.
Garth Ennis broke into the American Comic scene in 1991, taking over the writing reins on Hellblazer. After a successful four-year run, Ennis moved on to create Preacher, a 66-issue epic that ran from 1995 -2000. In addition to these two ground-breaking series, he also had lengthy runs on DC’s The Demon and Hitman. Ennis also wrote The Boys, a 72-issue story which began at DC’s Wildstorm imprint before moving to Dynamite Entertainment with issue #7, and which is now a hit series on Amazon Prime Video.
Tom Mandrake has been illustrating comic books and graphic novels for over 40 years. Some of the titles he has illustrated include Batman, The Martian Manhunter, Firestorm, Shazam, and his acclaimed five-year run on The Spectre for DC Comics, The New Mutants, The Punisher, Weapon X, Wolverine, and The Hulk Unchained for Marvel Comics, Grimjack for First Comics, The X-Files for IDW, Sidekick for Joe’s Comics, Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter for Titan Comics, and many more.
His creator owned projects include To Hell You Ride with Lance Henriksen and Joe Maddrey through Dark Horse Comics, Creeps with Dan Mishkin through Image Comics, KROS: Hallowed Ground with John Ostrander and Screaming Mandrake: The Nailman and Other Strange Tales, written and illustrated by Tom, and his new project, Wisdom with JM DeMatteis through Spellbound Comics.
He has illustrated such books as GRRM: The George RR Martin Retrospective, the young adult novel The Forest King: The Woodlark’s Shadow, and 100 Deadly Skills: Combat Edition.
Mandrake was art director for the independent film Zombie Prom, which won several awards including Best Comics-Oriented Film and the Judges’ Choice Award at the 2006 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival in San Diego.
As an instructor at The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Tom teaches Narrative Art and Storytelling. He is also the co-developer of the Kubert Schools Horror Comics correspondence course.
Ron Marz has been writing comics for three decades, starting his career with a lengthy run on Silver Surfer for Marvel. Since then, he has worked for virtually every major publisher and compiled a long list of credits, including stints on Thor for Marvel, Green Lantern and Superboy for DC, Star Wars for Dark Horse, and the historic Marvel vs. DC crossover. He co-created the Green Lantern Kyle Rayner during his landmark run on the title, and recently returned to Marvel for the Silver Surfer: Rebirth series with Ron Lim.
Marz is also known for penning numerous inter-company crossovers, including Green Lantern-Silver Surfer, Batman-Aliens, Batman-Tarzan: Claws of the Catwoman, Green Lantern-Aliens, and Amalgam title Doctor Strangefate. Other credits include his acclaimed run on Witchblade, the Skylanders series for IDW, the Justice League: Endless Winter crossover for DC, Almost American for Aftershock, X-O Manowar at Valiant, and Swamp God in Heavy Metal magazine.
Allen Milgrom was born March 6, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan. Al graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in art and design in 1972 and moved to New York. After a year interning at DC Comics with legendary artist Murphy Anderson, Al began inking and, soon after, penciling. He’s worked on lots of comics over the years, (penciling, inking and even some writing) primarily for Marvel Comics, but he also co-created Firestorm at DC Comics and did work at Archie Comics as well as Atlas, Dark Horse, and others. He also did stints as an editor at Marvel and DC.
Married to his wife, Judy, since 1979, they have a daughter and two sons and the cutest grandson and granddaughter ever to walk the earth (of course he may be biased).
Craig Rousseau has been working in the comics industry for over 2 decades, working for all the major publishers, including DC (Impulse, Batman Beyond, Harley Quinn, Batman ‘66) and Marvel (Iron Man Armor Wars, Captain America and the Korvac Saga, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane). Besides Young Hellboy from Dark Horse Comics, he’s currently working on the latest adventures of his creator-owned book, The Perhapanauts (with Todd Dezago) at Black Caravan… and a few other things.
“These are some huge guests,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Each one of these people has left their mark on the comics landscape, from working with huge properties to creating their own. The fans are going to be really excited to meet them this year.”
Tickets that are now on sale include:
- Friday only
- Saturday only
- Sunday only
As always, children 10 and under are free with a paid adult admission!
This year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Sarah Andersen (Sarah’s Scribbles), Marty Baumann (Pixar artist), Brian Michael Bendis (Action Comics), Jon Bogdanove (The Death of Superman), Judy Bogdanove (Steel Annual), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Jim Calafiore (NED, Lord of the Pit), Richard Case (Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror), Howard Chaykin (Time Squared), Jim Cheung (Young Avengers), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Amy Chu (KISS: The End), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Abby Denson (Uniquely Japan), Todd Dezago (The Perhapanauts), Jan Duursema (Star Wars: The High Republic), Garth Ennis (The Boys), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (DC Nation), Mike Grell (Jon Sable), Gene Ha (Mae), Tony Harris (The Whistling Skull), Mike Hawthorne (Deadpool), Greg Hildebrandt (Star Wars), Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), Matthew Loux (Prunella and the Cursed Skull Ring), Kevin Maguire (Justice League), Tom Mandrake (Spectre), Laura Martin (Nubia: Queen of the Amazons), Ron Marz (Green Lantern), Adriana Melo (Action Comics), Pop Mhan (Gears of War 3), Al Milgrom (Spectacular Spider-Man), Ed Piskor (Red Room: Trigger Warnings), Joe Prado (Superman), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Steve Rude (Nexus), Jim Rugg (Hulk Grand Design), Andy Runton (Owly), Louise Simonson (The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special), Walter Simonson (Thor), John K. Snyder III (Suicide Squad), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), John Workman (Wild Things), and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).
In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Ringo Awards, programming, and more. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages, and follow us on YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.