Here’s a quick guide to some US comics events, via Scoop, the free weekly e-newsletter published by Gemstone. (Sign up here). Baltimore Comic-Con and New York Comic Con dominate October’s schedule, but there are plenty of great Halloween/horror-inspired events towards the end of the month, too.
28th – 30th September: Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is returning to the Inner Harbor for its 19th year, taking place at the Baltimore Convention Center on One West Pratt Street in Baltimore, Maryland.
Comic guests for the show include Arthur Adams (Guardians of the Galaxy), Joel Adams (Bucky O’Hare Graphic Novel Coloring Book), Neal Adams (Deadman), Zeea Adams (Neal Adams Monsters), Ethan Scott Ambruson (Azteca: Ciudad Paradiso), Marc Andreyko (Jeepers Creepers), Arantza (fantasy artist), Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), Mike W. Barr (The Outsiders), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Marty Baumann (Big Hero 6), John Beatty (Batman), Carolyn Belefski (Curls), Simon Bisley (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bodycount), Ziggy Blumenthal (Operation Pajama Pants), June Brigman (Power Pack), Pat Broderick (Micronauts), Harold Buchholz (Mystery Science Theatre 3000), Mark Buckingham (Scooby Apocalypse), Greg Burnham (Tuskegee Heirs), Buzz (Superman: The Coming of the Supermen), Jim Calafiore (Leaving Megalopolis), Frank Cammuso (Wrong Earth), Chris Campana (Pathfinder: Worldscape – Vampirella), Greg Capullo (Dark Knights: Metal), Joe Carabeo (Black Magic Tales), Christa Cassano (Ghetto Klown), Howard Chaykin (Captain America), Joyce Chin (All-New Wolverine), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Michael Cho (Batwoman), Amy Chu (Red Sonja), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Steve Conte (Action Figure Kingdom), Katie Cook (Thanos Annual), Denys Cowan (The Question), Paris Cullins (WWE Superstars), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), J. Robert Deans (The Bear from A.U.N.T.), Tom DeFalco (Spider-Girl), Jose Delbo (Spongebob Comics), Vito Delsante (Midnight Tiger Stronger), Todd Dezago (Tellos), Dave Dorman (Black Hops: U.S.A.-*-G.I.), Charles C. Dowd (Lilith Dark), Emily Drouin (Eplis), and Anne and Jerzy Drozd (Science Comics: Rockets).
• For more information and tickets, visit baltimorecomiccon.com
28th -30th September: Monster-Mania Con
Boogeymen, horror heroines, wrestlers, and others are heading to Maryland soon for the next instalment of Monster-Mania Con at the Delta Hotel Marriott, located at 245 Shawan Road in Hunt Valley, MD.
• For more information and tickets, visit monstermania.net
4th – 7th October: New York Comic Con
Empire State, are you ready for one of the largest pop culture events on the East Coast? New York Comic Con (NYCC) is taking place at the Javits Center on 655 West 34th Street in New York. downthetubes contributor Tony Esmond has regularly enthused about this event, which include many British creators (and some companies) in its line up.
Comic guests attending the show include Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn), Billy Tucci (Shi), Greg Capullo (Dark Knights: Metal), Jae Lee (Superman/Batman), Arthur Adams (Uncanny X-Men), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics), Ken Lashley (X-Men Gold), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Aaron Lopresti (Wonder Woman), Abby Denson (Cool Japan Guide), Adriana Melo (Plastic Man), Alex Ross and Chip Kidd (Marvelocity: The Marvel Comics Art of Alex Ross), Amy Mebberson (Disney Princess Comics), Amy Reeder (Rocket Girl), Brahm Revel (Guerillas), Charles Soule (Curse Words), Chrissie Zullo (Star Wars: Forces of Destiny), Clay Mann (Batman), Cryssy Cheung (Star Wars), Cory Smith (Weapon H), David Mack (Jessica Jones), David O’Sullivan (Analog), Derek Charm (Jughead), Ed Brisson (Old Man Logan), Eduardo Pansica (Green Lanterns), Edwin Huang (Street Fighter Unlimited), Fabian Nicieza (Deadpool), John Paul Leon (The Winter Men), Laura Braga (DC Comics Bombshells), Mark Morales (Avengers), Mitch Gerads (Mister Miracle), Peter Tomasi (Superman), Tee Franklin (Bingo Love), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), and Todd McFarlane (Spawn).
• For more information and tickets, visit newyorkcomiccon.com
5th -7th October: Wizard World Sacramento
The Wizard World team is heading for California’s state capital to host Wizard World Sacramento, a three-day show taking place at the Cal Expo on 1600 Exposition Boulevard in Sacramento, California.
• For more information and tickets, visit wizardworld.com
6th -7th October: OAFCon
The Oklahoma Alliance of Fans (OAF) is presenting their annual comic book show-sale-exhibit on October 6-7, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Hotel on 2501 Conference Drive in Norman, Oklahoma.
Since 1970, OAFCon has hosted comic book and collectible shows with a greater focus on comics for sale, comic artists, and comics history. During this year’s show, OAFcon will present a display of regional and local talent with publishers, artists and writers showcasing their latest work. Back issue dealers from across the country will also provide a large selection of comic books, pulps, paperbacks, posters, original artwork, toys, gum cards, and more.
• For more information and tickets, visit oafcon2018.blogspot.com
13th – 14th October: Retro Con
Prepare for a nostalgic explosion during the annual Retro Con! Enjoy two full days of retro fun at the Greater Philadelphia Expo on 100 Station Avenue in Oaks, Pennsylvania.
• For more information and tickets, visit visit retrocons.com
19th – 21st October: Dallas Fan Days
The pop culture extravaganza, Dallas Fan Days is gearing up for the annual return to the Irving Convention Center on 500 West Las Colinas Boulevard in Irving, Texas.
• For more information and tickets, visit dallasfandays.com
20th – 21st October: Philly Non-Sports Card Show
The Philly Non-Sports Card Show is returning to the Merchants Square Mall, located at 1901 S. 12th Street, Allentown, PA. The show has been running continuously since the 1980s, featuring everything from Ant-Man and Arrow to The X-Files and X-Men.
• For more information and tickets, visit phillynon-sportscardshow.com
26th – 28th October: Crypticon
The nightmare before Halloween is returning to Minnesota for its 13th year! Crypticon is taking place at the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America on 3800 American Boulevard in East Bloomington, Minnesota.
• For more information and tickets, visit crypticonminneapolis.com
26th – 28th October: Spooky Empire
Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get spooky in Florida! Spooky Empire is taking place at the Caribe Royale Orlando on 8101 World Center Drive in Orlando.
• For more information and tickets, visit spookyempire.com
26th – 28th October: Walker Stalker Atlanta
The dead are coming to Atlanta! On October 26-28, 2018 the annual Walker Stalker convention returns to the Georgia World Congress Center on 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard Northwest in Atlanta, Georgia.
• For more information and tickets, visit walkerstalkercon.com/atlanta
27th – 28th October: Richmond Comicon
Richmond Comicon is taking over the Richmond Raceway at 600 East Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA. Enjoy three full days of pop culture fun, exhibitors, and convention exclusives.
• For more information and tickets, visit vacomicon.com
28th October: Chicago Toy Show
For the 44th year, the Chicago Toy Show is bringing an antique and collectible doll show to the Windy City. The special one-day only show is taking place at the Kane County Fairgrounds on 525 South Randall Road in St. Charles, Illinois.
• For more information and tickets, visit chicagotoyshow.com