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Grand GCD Gathering during the Baltimore Comic-Con in September

Make your plans now to attend the Grand GCD Gathering during the Baltimore Comic-Con on September 25-27, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Downtown Baltimore, Maryland. This will be an historic meeting, where more of us will meet face-to-face than ever before. Come by and visit our booth we will have at the show! More Information to come!

GCD Comics Timeline

25 Years Ago This Month: Groo and the Sage must deal with "The Garbage Issue" in Groo the Wanderer #65 (http://www.comics.org/issue/47942/), brought to you by the usual team of Sergio Aragones, Mark Evanier, Stan Sakai, and Tom Luth!

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25 Years Ago This Month: The Spirit grapples with the Octopus, faces femme fatale P'Gell, and deals with Dolan's doppleganger in The Spirit #67 (http://www.comics.org/issue/47919/), cover and interior art by Will Eisner!

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25 Years Ago This Month: The Carl Barks Library #6 (http://www.comics.org/issue/47871/) focuses on the Donald Duck family with a particular emphasis on Donald, Daisy, Grandma Duck, Gyro Gearloose, and the Junior Woodchucks!

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Sydney Jordan (born Dundee, Scotland, 1928) is a comics artist best known for his daily science fiction strip Jeff Hawke, which ran in the Daily Express from 1955 to 1974.

He studied aeronautical engineering at Miles Aircraft's experimental college in Reading, Berkshire, but returned to Dundee and worked as an assistant to comics artist Bill McCail, and learned by studying the work of Alex Raymond, Milton Caniff and Stan Drake. In 1951 he assisted Len Fullerton on his comic strip Dora, Toni and Liz, before creating Jeff Hawke for the Daily Express in 1954. Jordan's friend Willie Patterson came aboard as writer in 1956, and Jordan wrote the later strips himself. The series has been reprinted all over Europe. After Jeff Hawke finished, Jordan created another science fiction strip, Lance McLane, which ran in the Scottish newspaper the Daily Record from 1976 to 1988.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Jordan

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50 Years Ago This Month: Amazing! Unbelievable! Magicman solves "The Case of the Young Old Men" in Forbidden Worlds #127 (http://www.comics.org/issue/19127/), cover by Kurt Schaffenberger as Pete Costanza?!

According to Schaffenberger in a 1998 letter, many covers at ACG were penciled and inked by him, but signed by Pete Costanza because DC editor Mort Weisinger (for whom Schaffenberger worked on the Superman Family titles at that time) did not want him drawing superhero covers for other companies.

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Mark Wheatley (born May 27, 1954) is an American illustrator, writer, editor, and publisher in the comic book field. Wheatley's comic book and pulp creations include Breathtaker, Mars, and Blood of the Innocent, all illustrated by his frequent collaborator Marc Hempel. Wheatley has written books, comic books, and television shows, and his illustrations have appeared in magazines, books, comic books, and games.

Wheatley came from the world of fandom, having published fanzines in the early 1970s.

In 1978, Wheatley founded the Baltimore-based Insight Studios as a design, illustration, and art production studio; he was joined by Marc Hempel in 1980. Since then, Insight has expanded into publishing and has become home for many notable creators, including Frank Cho.

Wheatley has worked as an editor and art director for a number of publishers, and is the inventor of color production technology for comics.

Breck Eisner is set to direct the upcoming Hollywood film adaptation of Blood of the Innocent, a comic book series Wheatley co-created with Rickey Shanklin and Marc Hempel. Inferno Entertainment has acquired underlying rights to the series and is funding development and production of the feature, which is being co-produced with Circle of Confusion.

Wheatley has won the Inkpot, Speakeasy, and Mucker awards, and has been nominated for the Harvey and Ignatz awards.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Wheatley_(comics)

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George Freeman (born May 27, 1951 in Selkirk, Manitoba) is a Canadian comic book penciller, inker, and colorist.

Freeman’s comic-book illustrating career began with Richard Comely’s independent Canadian publication, Captain Canuck. He subsequently worked on several superhero comics, such as DC Comics' Green Lantern and Aquaman, and Marvel Comics' Jack of Hearts, and The Avengers. He drew a story in Batman Annual #11, written by Alan Moore. In addition, he was one of several rotating artists on the short-lived horror comic anthology Wasteland by writer and actor Del Close and writer John Ostrander. Freeman alternated with artists Don Simpson, William Messner-Loebs, and David Lloyd on drawing one of the three horror stories in each issue, the fourth artist providing the cover.

In 1991, Freeman co-founded Digital Chameleon, a Winnipeg-based comics coloring and inking studio.

Freeman was a 1996 Eisner Awards nominee as Best Colorist for Topps' The X-Files comic.

In 2010, Freeman was inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Freeman_(comics)

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Harlan Jay Ellison (born May 27, 1934) is an American writer. His principal genre is speculative fiction.

His published works include over 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays, comic book scripts, teleplays, essays, a wide range of criticism covering literature, film, television, and print media. He was editor and anthologist for two science fiction anthologies, Dangerous Visions (1967) and Again, Dangerous Visions (1972). Ellison has won numerous awards including multiple Hugos, Nebulas and Edgars.

Ellison moved to California in 1962, and subsequently began to sell his writing to Hollywood. He wrote the screenplay for The Oscar, starring Stephen Boyd and Elke Sommer. Ellison also sold scripts to many television shows: The Flying Nun, Burke's Law, Route 66, The Outer Limits, Star Trek, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Cimarron Strip, and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Ellison's screenplay for the Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever" has been considered the best of the 79 episodes in the series.

Ellison continued to publish short fiction and nonfiction pieces in various publications, including some of his best known stories. "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman" (1965) is a celebration of civil disobedience against repressive authority. "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" (1967) is an allegory of Hell, where five humans are tormented by an all-knowing computer throughout eternity; the story was the basis of a 1995 computer game; Ellison participated in the game's design and provided the voice of the god-computer AM. Another story, "A Boy and His Dog", examines the nature of friendship and love in a violent, post-apocalyptic world and was made into the 1975 film of the same name, starring Don Johnson.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlan_Ellison

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Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker.

Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.

Dracula has been assigned to many literary genres including vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel and invasion literature. The novel touches on themes such as the role of women in Victorian culture, sexual conventions, immigration, colonialism, and post-colonialism. Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, he defined its modern form, and the novel has spawned numerous theatrical, film and television interpretations.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracula

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