Weekly Visions: Baltimore Double-Header This Weekend!

Two of our favorite events are held in Baltimore every year, and this year, they are the same weekend!
Check out all the details below for both the Baltimore Comic-Con & the Baltimore BookFest! Join us at one or both!

9/22-24 Baltimore Comic-Con @ Baltimore Convention Center / Table A211
9/22-24 Baltimore Book Fest @ Baltimore Inner Harbor

This is a huge double-header event for Visionary, as we will be at the Baltimore Comic-Con, our own home show, at the Baltimore Convention Center AND at the amazing Baltimore Book Fest just a few blocks away at the Inner Harbor! Come join Visionary’s top crew, check out our new releases, new art prints, and other merchandise at either or both events all weekend!

Baltimore Book Fest Panels – Held at the Artway Alliance Space at the  Comics Pavilion
Friday 12:00pm-1:00pm – Be Your Own Superhero(ine) (for kids)
Sunday 3:00pm-4:00pm – My Comic Life: Building a Comics Career (teens to adult)


ITEM! Visionary’s Brian Augustyn traveled to Burbank this week to do a recording session for a commentary and bonus material on the upcoming Gotham by Gaslight!
We showed a teaser last time, this is DC’s next upcoming animated direct to DVD release, based on the award-winning first ever Elseworlds special – taking popular DC characters and placing them in other times and other places. The original graphic novel featured art by Mike Mignola and pitted Batman against Jack the Ripper! The new animated film will be release later this year!


ITEM! Visionary’s Mike Munshaw and C. Edward Sellner both have announced signing a Marvel project deal with Upper Deck! Details are under wraps for now, but more will be forthcoming by November!


ITEM! Pinnacle Kickstarter for Doomtown Reloaded!
Pinnacle continues dominating the game market and Kickstarter with the Doomtown Reloaded campaign now running until September 25th! This relaunch of the card game has lots of new content, new surprises and tons of additional perks for joining the campaign! Among them will be a new game card for Raven featuring the Raven graphic novel cover by C. Edward Sellner!
Check it out here>>


ITEM! Visionary continues it’s support of local libraries with upcoming events at both Odenton and Silver Spring branches! Look for more details later this month!


ITEM! Visionary’s C. Edward Sellner returns to the classroom in 2018, joining forces with the University of Maryland!
Starting in February of next year, Sellner will begin teaching semester classes through the Art and Learning Center at the University of Maryland at College Park! Look for more details before the end of the year, including links to register for the first session! Sellner will be making his first UofMD appearance at a special event in October! Details on that coming soon!


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Weekly Visions 8.24.17: Show Update

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Visionary will not be able to attend Southern Maryland Comic-Con on August 26th or exhibit at Escape Velocity September 1-3 as originally planned! We sincerely apologize for this change and hope everyone planning to still goes to support these great shows!

We will see you back here next week with a regular update!

Weekly Visions 8.17.17: Dover and a Steady Hand

Hey Everyone! Welcome back!

We’re short and sweet this week, with a quick spotlight on this weekend’s Dover Con, and a new project from our friends at Riot Scene Pictures! Enjoy!

 

 

 

Upcoming LIVE Events

Dover Comic-Con Logo8/19 Dover Comic Con 10am-5pm / Booth 047 / @ Dover Public Library
1:30pm – Join CCO C. Edward Sellner’s My Comic Life Panel in the Children’s Programming Room!
Visionary returns to Dover Comic-Con for the third year mega event! Join Visionary’s CCO for his rousing panel on building a comics career, check out all our new releases and enjoy a day soaking in the pop-culture!

Dover remains one of our favorite shows. It’s one of several library sponsored and supported shows we do, meaning it benefits great programs and services from the Dover Public Library. It’s also part community festival and part comic-con. There is no cost for entry, and the programs, live events and vendors fill the Library, a couple other civic buildings, and the downtown Dover municipal square! Plus, food trucks galore!

If you’re anywhere near, come spend the day and bring the whole family!

 


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Visionary has always been about shining a spotlight on new and upcoming talent and their dynamic projects! Well, this week we want to take you to the movies with a new film from a great new director and small indie studio based in Baltimore.

Riot Scene Pictures is the brainchild studio of director Taylor Young, who already has a few films under his belt. For his latest work, he is currently raising funds to enter the finished film in various Film Festivals and you can help out. Check it out!

“Who’s in control? The writer or his characters?”

This psychological drama stars Tray Chaney (HBO’s “The Wire” & Bounce TV’s “Saints + Sinners”), Taylor Young, Michelle Jones, Steve Malm, and Cameron Martino.”

When writer Morris Kennedy (Taylor Young) isolates himself to write a screenplay commissioned by famous rapper T. Pryor (Tray Chaney), he gradually loses his sanity and finds himself face to face with his characters. He struggles to solve the mystery while his characters, sharing the faces of his loved ones (Michelle Jones, Steve Malm, Cameron Martino), compel his attention.

Steady Hand was written and directed by Taylor Young and shot in Baltimore, MD. Riot Scene Pictures aims to produce original, entertaining, and thought-provoking motion picture content of all genres. The group of friends behind Riot Scene Pictures has been working together for over a decade and are excited to share their latest project, Steady Hand, with film festivals both domestic and abroad.

Support the Kickstarter campaign NOW! >>


Just a friendly note, the next several weeks are very ‘show heavy’ with multiple events. So, we may or may not miss a week, we’ll try our best to at least check in, but if we don’t, don’t worry, we’ll be back by the next week!

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Weekly Visions 8.10.17: Convention Crush, Plays, and Teaching Oh My!

Welcome back for another weekly dose of Visionary Goodness!

This week we remind all of you of our annual August-September Convention run, this year, counting last week’s Washington County Con, we’re doing seven shows in eight weeks! Crazy stuff, but, it means lots of chances to catch up with the crew!

We also shine a spotlight on Inkwell Awards with their latest auction, and a new Get Creative spot. Enjoy!

Speaking of Washington County Library Comic-Con…
Thanks to Sarah Hull and all the hard working volunteers that made it such a great show! CCO C. Edward Sellner did another round of his My Comic Life panel, talking about the history, the art form, and skills for working in comics. Thanks to Artway Alliance’s Eric Suggs for dropping by and posting a brief video segment from the panel! Check it out below!

Speaking of Teaching Moments…
Visionary is proud to announce that our sponsored Creating Comics courses will be returning in Spring 2018! The courses will now be offered at the University of Maryland, College Park Campus, through the Art and Learning Center! Studio CCO C. Edward Sellner will be starting the partnership October 18th with a workshop offered during a special program, the full course will then debut the second week of February 2018, with eight two-hour sessions. More details will be coming soon, including links to register for the course. In the meantime, feel free to check out the Fall classes being offered now!

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Visionary loves the arts, not just comics, but all forms of art! Which is why, every once in a while, we will spotlight something really cool we want folks to know about. It may be new releases in books or comics, or upcoming art focused events,  from our partners, friends, or supporters!

The Annapolis Summer Garden Theater is running a great new show called, In the Heights.

Here’s what the Bay Weekly had to say:
“The hottest thing in Annapolis these days isn’t the weather but Lin Manuel-Miranda’s In the Heights, playing through Memorial Day weekend at The Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre. Under the direction of Darnell Patrick Morris, the same guy who brought us Avenue Q and Hair Spray, this production is so outstanding it’s easy to see why the Hamilton composer’s show won the 2008 Tony for Best Musical. Here at the confluence of rap, salsa, and Latin pop, the American dream meets exotic choreography in New York City’s Dominican barrio to produce a story that transcends race, age and economic status.”

August 3-September 3, 2017 :: Thursday-Sunday at 8:30pm
Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda | Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes
Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Purchase Tickets Here>>

Check out this clip from the opening number!


The Inkwell Awards Fundraising Auctions Continue for our Second Week of our 10 Year Anniversary Season!

With 19 listing of original art, signed prints and special multi-signed prints from generous supporters of our non-profit, including Paris Cullins, Matthew Clark, Fred Hembeck, Matthew Dow Smith, Nikkol Jelenic, Kevin Conrad, Bill Anderson with Angel Medina, Joe St. Pierre, Charles Barnett II, Skott Kolin, Richard Case, Afua Richardson, Ryan Stegman, Michael Golden and more!

Support the Auction Here>>

 


Upcoming LIVE Events

Dover Comic-Con Logo8/19 Dover Comic Con 10am-5pm / Booth 047
@ Dover Public Library

1:30pm – Join CCO C. Edward Sellner’s My Comic Life Panel in the Children’s Programming Room!
Visionary returns to Dover Comic-Con for the third year mega event! Join Visionary’s CCO for his rousing panel on building a comics career, check out all our new releases and enjoy a day soaking in the pop-culture!

 

Southern Maryland Comic-Con Logo8/26 Southern Maryland Comic-Con 10am-4pm
@ Hollywood Fire Department

Visionary returns once more to one of our favorite local shows, the Southern Maryland Comic-Con in Hollywood! Join Visionary’s CCO C. Edward Sellner at the Visionary table all day and check out our latest releases, new prints, and other merchandise.

 

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12:15pm Sunday – Be Your Own Super-hero(ine) Panel  (Location TBD)

Visionary makes its triumphant debut at the Escape Velocity event with partner Artway Alliance! Join CCO C. Edward Sellner for his fun and exciting Be Your Own Super-Hero(ine) panel on Sunday, and check out Visionary’s latest at our booth all weekend.

 

Maryland Seafood Festival Logo9/10-11 Maryland Seafood Festival @ Sandy Point State Park

Visionary returns to the best tasting event of the year, the Maryland Seafood Festival for our third year running! In between enjoying the live music and tasting a variety of seafood treats, stop by Visionary’s tent to pick up some great reading material and art!

 

 

 

9/22-24 Baltimore Comic-Con @ Baltimore Convention Center
9/22-24 Baltimore Book Fest @ Baltimore Inner Harbor

This is a huge double-header event for Visionary, as we will be at the Baltimore Comic-Con, our own home show, at the Baltimore Convention Center AND at the amazing Baltimore Book Fest just a few blocks away at the Inner Harbor! Come join Visionary’s top crew, check out our new releases, new art prints, and other merchandise at either or both events all weekend!

 

 

2017 Confirmed Show Schedule

The following are confirmed shows for Visionary this coming year. More details coming as we get closer to each! Click the Event to go to their main page, or the location for map and directions.

10/21 Hampton Comic Con @ Hampton Roads Convention Center

10/23 Superhero Workshop @ Odenton Library

12/9 Ocean City Comic-Con @ Grand Hotel and Spa OC

 

Where will your vision take you?

Weekly Visions 8.3.17: Wanna Fight?

Welcome back to the Visionary Ring! As the bell sounds, the latest and greatest steps up to the bout, so check it all out!

ITEM! If you ever miss any of our updates as they go live, you can always check out our main site on our Blogs Feed to get the full stories! Comes complete with full listing, searchable database and tags. If you want to make sure you DON’T miss an update, well then, all you gotta do is SUBSCRIBE NOW!

 

This Weekend, Catch Us Live at…

8/5 Washington County Free Library Con @ Washington County Free Library
11am-4pm  :
: CCO C. Edward Sellner will be doing his My Comic Life Panel 11:30 am- 12:30 pm / Located in Conference Room #334

Join Visionary for the third year of Washington County Free Library Comic-Con! CCO C. Edward Sellner will be doing his My Comic Life panel, and we will have all our latest releases and merchandise on hand!

We’ve also added new details to several shows and included the rest of our confirmed 2017 shows scheduled on our Events Page!

 


 

Visionary_CollageITEM! We keep getting queries about our Deadlands titles and where to get them! Well, just a reminder, our novels are still available in finer bookstores everywhere as well as online sites like Amazon, Barnes & Nobel et. al. and our digital comics are directly available from us anytime! Check out our Complete Deadlands Checklist to fill any gaps in your collection!

 

 

 

 

 


Kickstarter Spotlight: Fight of the Century 

Fight of the Century is a 120-page biopunk, MMA, original graphic novel, now live on Kickstarter through August 11.

In a futuristic Brazil, performance-enhancing drugs have gone from behind-the-scenes banned substances to front-and-center game changers. The sports world as we know it has been revolutionized! Nowhere is that more on display than inside Neo-Rio, a mega-city that serves as the home to the Fighters Ultimate Exhibition League (FUEL). Men are becoming monsters in minutes as fighters are putting their lives on the line in the octagon.
FOTC is an action-packed drama that examines humanities desire to become bigger, faster and stronger; while exploring the price we’re willing to pay to reach our maximum potential. With influences from ROCKY to AKIRA to FRANKENSTEIN, it’s a comeback story about a man whose unlikely return will inspire a nation.

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Weekly Visions 7.27.17: And the Winner Is…

This week’s update has a pretty cool theme: Awards! Namely winners from Visionary’s circle of creators, nominees from our friends in the industry, a brand new one and a chance to support one of the long-standing ones and get cool art in the process!

Read on, and you might just feel like the real winner!

 

 

ITEM! First, a quick events update, we just added our October 2017 schedule to our Events Page including our return to Hampton Comic-Con and the first ever Ocean City Comic-Con! Check it out for details!

 

Awesome Con LogoITEM! While it may not be an award, it’s still a pretty nice spotlight – the folks over at Bleeding Cool did a nice feature article on Ben Penrod, founder of Awesome Con, and friend of the Visionary crew since forever! Awesome, of course, has grown exponentially in its main show in DC, but also sponsors some of our local shows we support, like Southern Maryland Comic-Con and Annapolis Comic-Con. Go read it now!

 

San Diego Comic-Con Report!

We had an utterly amazing time at the San Diego Con this past week, exhausting but lots of fun! We reconnected with old friends, make a lot of new friends, and met with several potential new partners and clients! It was a whirlwind week of excitement! If you didn’t see our special focus last week, including a list of some of the folks we ran into, and a spotlight on our featured art in the Souvenir book, you should check out last week’s update and catch up!

 

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Of course, it’s not San Diego without the celebration of the comics’ industry own Oscars, the Eisner awards! An utterly amazing list of creators, publishers, and series got nominations, making for tough choices, but final winners were presented with their awards at a gala event! You can find the full list, including a lot of our personal favorites, right here!

 

 

ITEM! Speaking of SDCC and awards – One of our favorite authors, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, won a coveted Inkpot Award and was a Guest of Honor at the show! Jonathan wrote our first Deadlands novel, Ghostwalkers, and stopped by the Visionary booth during the show! It was a well-deserved win for an awesome writer and great guy!

 

Presenting the ‘Ringo Awards

Our proudly claimed home convention has always been the Baltimore Comic-Con, and they announced earlier this year a brand new award for the comic industry – the ‘Ringo Award. Named after the nickname for Mike Weiringo, an amazingly talented artist who passed away a few years ago, the new awards seek to celebrate the comic arts and the best of content and creators! The list of this inaugural year’s nominees has been released, and final voting is taking place now! Awards will be presented at the September Baltimore Con. Go VOTE for your favorites!

 

 

Inkwell Auctions Return!

Visionary has long been a supporter of the Inkwell Awards that celebrate ten years this year, and we’ve got news of their latest fundraising auction that includes signed prints and original art from amazing creators! Check it out!

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Weekly Visions 7.20.17: SDCC Live Continues

Visionary had an amazing first day at San Diego Comic-Con! Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth, including our own Production Chief Jacob Bascle, making his first face to face meeting with Ops Chief Mike Munshaw, and the first time seeing CCO C. Edward Sellner in person in over seven years! That’s what happens when you run a virtual business!

We’ve also had a great time reconnecting with a lot of our friends in the industry, including fine folks like Mark Wheatley, Jamal Igle, Mike Kingston, Mike Miller, and so many others!

We also met a lot of great new friends and fans who really make it all worthwhile!

To get live updates throughout the rest of the show, follow us on Facebook!

Or follow C. Edward Sellner and Michael Munshaw for even more exclusive updates!

Meanwhile…

We were thrilled to find out that Visionary had no less than three tribute art pieces in the 2017 SDCC Souvenir Book!

Mike Munshaw submitted a piece celebrating Wil Eisner’s The Spirit. Mike, Sophia Openshaw, and C. Edward Sellner did a studio jam piece of Thor, Hela and Odin, which was included in the Jack Kirby Centennial Tribute, and a Marvel Kirby tribute by Sellner also made the cut!

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Visionary is LIVE at SDCC! Booth M-10 Small Press Pavilion!

7/19-23 San Diego Comic Con @ San Diego Convention Center
Booth M-10 at the Small Press Pavilion
Wednesday 6pm-9pm / Thurs-Sat 9:30am-7pm / Sun 9:30am-5pm
SDCC Blog Announces Visionary’s Return!
Visionary makes it’s triumphant return to San Diego Comic-Con! Join Visionary’s Mike Munshaw, Sophia Openshaw and C. Edward Sellner for an epic week! Get Visionary’s latest comics, graphic novels, prints, and merchandise! Happening NOW!!

Weekly Visions Returns!

And we’re back! It’s been an insanely busy year for all of us over at Visionary, lots of changes inside and out, and we very much needed the time to regroup and refocus, so we appreciate everyone hanging in there!

Weekly Visions officially relaunches as of today, and we’ll have word of when our Sunday My Comic Life feature will return next week. Get Creative also returns today, but as an ongoing feature in Weekly Visions! Check out our first spotlight below!

 

Upcoming LIVE Events

Tis’ the season… CONVENTION SEASON! Once again, Visionary is all over the place, supporting local conventions, library shows, and other community events! Check out the shows coming up in the next month in full detail below, then scope out the rest of the year down a ways! Find your local scene and come check us out!

 

FredCon Logo Convention7/15 FREDCON @ Spotsylvania Town Center Mall :: 10am-7pm
Join Visionary’s Mike Munshaw for the second-year of FredCon! Mike will be doing commissions, as well as debuting new sketch cards and prints. Also find Visionary’s entire line of books, prints, and merchandise!

 

 

7/19-23 San Diego Comic Con @ San Diego Convention Center
Wednesday 6pm-9pm / Thurs-Sat 9:30am-7pm / Sun 9:30am-5pm
SDCC Blog Announces Visionary’s Return!
Visionary makes it’s triumphant return to San Diego Comic-Con! Join Visionary’s Mike Munshaw, Sophia Openshaw and C. Edward Sellner for an epic week! Get Visionary’s latest comics, graphic novels, prints, and merchandise!

 

 

8/5 Washington County Free Library Con @ Washington County Free Library
11am-4pm  :: CCO C. Edward Sellner will be doing his My Comic Life Panel!
Join Visionary for the third year of Washington County Free Library Comic-Con! CCO C. Edward Sellner will be doing his My Comic Life panel, and we will have all our latest releases and merchandise on hand!

 

 

 

 

 

Dover Comic-Con Logo8/19 Dover Comic Con @ Dover Public Library
10am-5pm  :: 1:30pm CCO C. Edward Sellner will be doing his My Comic Life Panel!
Visionary returns to Dover Comic-Con for the third year mega event! Join Visionary’s CCO for his rousing panel on building a comics career, check out all our new releases and enjoy a day soaking in the pop-culture!

 

 

 

 


 2017 Confirmed Show Schedule

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The following are confirmed shows for Visionary this coming year. More details coming as we get closer to each! Click the Event to go to their main page, or the location for map and directions.

8/26 Southern Maryland Comic-Con @ Hollywood Fire Department

9/1-3 Escape Velocity @ Gaylord Convention Center

9/10-11 Maryland Seafood Festival @ Sandy Point State Park

9/22-24 Baltimore Comic-Con @ Baltimore Convention Center

9/22-24 Baltimore Book Fest @ Baltimore Inner Harbor

 

 

 


Visionary’s spotlight on cool creative projects and initiatives, from projects the studio is working on, to ones our creators and partners are doing, to great finds on crowdfunding sites! Get the lowdown! Get inspired! Get Creative!

Bharata – The Project 

From Sunish Chabba and illustrated by Visionary artist Ishan Trivedi, Bharata takes inspiration from traditional Indian folk art forms, Kishangarh paintings &  miniature paintings as the central theme while the characters are imagined as part of the Indian royalty.  Bharata is India’s original name, and the whole deck is an ode to the stories of Kings & Queens, art forms & history of that land. It is one of the most beautiful pieces of work coming in the form of a fully custom illustrated playing card deck. This project also has a second deck inspired by tarot as a stretch goal.  The campaign has already surpassed it’s goal with lot of reward levels to join in! But hurry, the campaign ends July 12th! Check it out NOW!

Weekly Visions 1.19.17: Get Creative Official Launch & Con Season is Coming!

Get Creative

January 24th, Visionary’s latest weekly feature debuts!
Weekly posts celebrating the arts, with creator interviews, online galleries, reviews and more!
Get it & Get Creative! Subscribe NOW!

 

 

 

 

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Visionary is committed to connecting with fans, partners, retailers, distributors and our local communities! We do so through an ever growing number of diverse events, both in the virtual, and real world! We invite you to join us!

 

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Upcoming LIVE Events

Get Creative Get TogetherVisionary is proud to introduce a new series of informal get-togethers based around, celebrating and providing opportunities for the creative arts. From film to comics, live performances to fine art exhibitions, these will be smaller, more personal events with Visionary staff and creators designed to celebrate, uplift and directly experience the arts. New events will be added on a semi-regular basis and sign ups and details will be included here.

 

Smithsonian IMAX

Sci-Fi Sunday Special Christopher Nolan 15/70mm Film Takeover
Sunday January 29th @5pm :: Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater
 Join us for an exclusive showing of Nolan’s visionary movie prologues for The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and his upcoming film Dunkirk, and then enjoy an exclusive screening of the full movie Interstellar! After the show join Visionary CCO C. Edward Sellner for a roundtable discussion of the film. Tickets are on sale now!

Nolan Night

Hidden Figures & The Matrix Double Feature
Sunday February 5th @3:00pm :: Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater
Join us for a Visionary Films Double Feature! We’ll be attending the new release, hit movie Hidden Figures, then sticking around for an exclusive screening of the classic The Matrix! Tickets for both available soon!
Then join CCO C. Edward Sellner for a roundtable discussion of both films afterward.

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Online Events

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NEW YEAR, NEW AUCTIONS LIVE NOW! The non-profit Inkwell Awards’ fundraising auctions are back and this week we have an eclectic assortment (books, prints, sketch covers, original art) of 15 collectible items donated by more generous supporters in our community! We have copies of our new and much-anticipated Ms. Inkwell Gallery book signed and available! Other items from Michael Golden, Allan Bellman, Andrew Pepoy, Bob Wiacek, Lee Weeks, V. Ken Marion, Ryan Stegman, Michael Dooney, Rafer Roberts, and Frankie B Washington! Thanks to all!!!

Visionary is proud to support the non-profit Inkwell Awards, an organization that educates and raises awareness of the art of inking!

 


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2017 Confirmed Show Schedule

The following are confirmed shows for Visionary this coming year. More details coming as we get closer to each! Click the Event to go to their main page, or the location for map and directions.

Where will your vision take you?

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