If you’re attending Baltimore Comic Con this year, be sure to keep an eye out for me! I plan to be there both days. If you see me feel free to say “Hi” but be sure to mention the blog or I’ll just think you’re a random weirdo and not a WNA weirdo. There’s a big difference.
I always enjoy my local Con, even if last year was a little nuts because of Stan Lee. I hope they changed the way they handled his appearance. The best part, in my opinion, is having the time to look through Artist Alley. You don’t always have the time to check it out at larger conventions. Plus at the bigger events it gets crowded as well and who feels like fighting crowds when you’ve been dealing with lines all day?
If you’re coming into town for the Convention, here are few things to check out if you have time to kill! The convention center is pretty much in the “heart” of the Inner Harbor and you can walk to most of these places!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not: This is located in the Light Street Pavilion and it’s hard to miss. There’s enough items outside on the building that you can’t help but notice it. One of the more awesome items they have on display is a 10 feet tall Bumblebee from “Transformers.”
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum: This is pretty much right next door to the convention center next to Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Keep an eye on the website as they might be offering deals if you’re attending Baltimore Comic Con. I think last year they offered a discount. A Story In Four Colors is their comic library which might be of interest to you guys for obvious reasons.
National Aquarium in Baltimore: Who doesn’t love an aquarium? This is another building you can’t miss and is located in the Inner Harbor. On September 8th they’ll be offering a Behind The Scenes Shark Tour which might tickle your fancy.
If you’re looking for a place to grab a beer, there’s plenty of bars nearby. There are few right across the street from the convention center including Pratt Street Ale House. There’s a California Tortilla nearby as well and since the Orioles are in town I’d expect them to have their normal “2 for $5” beer specials. Other places to eat in the area include The Cheesecake Factory, Hard Rock Cafe, Noodles & Co., and UNO Pizzeria. If you’re looking for after hours fun there’s Power Plant Live which features a few different bars including The PBR Country Bar, Luckies Tavern, Howl At The Moon and MEX. There is a dress code though, especially for guys, so keep that in mind before you make your way over. If you’re looking for more of regular bar and less of a nightclub feel, you can take a cab over to Fells Point where you’ll find Max’s Taphouse and Slainte Irish Pub. Oh and if you’re looking for an awesome breakfast spot be sure to check out Miss Shirley’s. They do get crowded though! Be sure to arrive early if you don’t want a long wait.
I mentioned this on Twitter but expect the area to be more crowded than normal and for parking to be around $20-$25. Why? The New York Yankees are in town that weekend to play the Orioles and their fans are known to flood the area. This might mean a longer wait at certain places like The Cheesecake Factory. I’ve seen the wait there be as long as 45 minutes. This might also mean a longer wait for the Light Rail if you plan on using that. If you want more information on the Light Rail, Buses and all that fun stuff, visit MTA.Maryland.Gov. You’ll find schedules and more. We even have a free bus service called The Charm City circulator. It doesn’t go everywhere but its main focus is Downtown and some of the surrounding neighboorhoods.
I hope some of this information helps you out! If you want more information on Baltimore visit Baltimore.Org where you can find deals, coupons, shopping information and more.