Over the weekend I attended my local convention, Baltimore Comic-Con. It’s held at the Baltimore Convention Center which is in the heart of Downtown. It’s actually a pretty great location (the center itself needs some updating) which is close to various restaurants in the Inner Harbor and locations that offer great backdrops for photos like fountains and ships.
I got there around a decent time on Saturday, or so I thought, and found myself waiting outside for about 30-45 minutes. The doors opened around 10AM and I remember looking at my phone and it being around 10:30 when I hit the floor. I had a few things on my list that I wanted to take care of like saying hello to Thom from Love and Capes, Paul Storrie, and getting a few Hawkeye comics signed by Francesco Francavilla. I managed to do all of that and get a few sketches done as well. That’s what I love about Baltimore Comic-Con, it’s very laid back. Sure, it can get a little hectic, but for the most part you can just take your time and check out everything. You can wander around Artist Alley all day, you can find some good deals on comics, or you can just check out the cosplay. Plus they have some pretty interesting panels as well. I only attended one panel on Saturday and that was the Marvel panel “Some of Marvel’s top creators – including Mark Waid, Mark Bagley, and Ed McGuinness – talk about their work for The House of Ideas with moderator Robert Greenberger. Marvel fans- you know you gotta be here!” It was an interesting panel, with Waid being the main focus. The other two panelists were running a bit late and he picked up the slack. Some of the other panels offered over the weekend included George Perez, Fables, Terry Moore, IDW, and Brian Wood, just to name a few.
I spent most of my time on the exhibit floor where I picked up a Winter Soldier My Little Pony sketch from Thom Zahler and a Hawkeye sketch from an artist in Artist Alley who’s name is escaping me! I found a few variant covers on sale as well that I picked up. Of course on Sunday they were even cheaper but I wanted to get all my purchasing done on Saturday since I was cosplaying on Sunday. I didn’t want to carry around any large bags or anything. Along with comic vendors there were people selling jewelry, amazing figures made from wire, cool fandom related stockings, and a ton more. There was even a booth set up that was selling fandom themed catnip toys! I honestly loved seeing all the handmade goods that were for sale. It’s something that you don’t always have the time to check out at the larger shows.
The cosplay was great. It was heavier on Sunday since that was the day of the contest. Some of my favorites though were the kids that were dressed up. I saw a tiny Poison Ivy who was adorable and a little Batgirl who was named after Black Widow. Sadly I missed the kids portion of the costume contest. I’m sure it was filled with adorable awesomeness though! I did catch the Women’s and Men’s competition. I was blown away by what I saw. The detail and time that went into some of the costumes was amazing. You’ll see for yourself in the photos below. I saw a fair amount of groups as well including Victoria Cosplay and her outstanding “Once Upon A Time” ladies and gents.
All in all it was a great show. Oddly enough this was the first time I attended both days! The big news though is that next year Baltimore Comic-Con will be a three day event! It’s September 5-7th. There’s no word yet on how the Friday hours will work but once it’s announced I’ll be sure to share! As with most conventions, I ran into a few followers including @Captial Gamer and @Willcat12. It was great meeting both of you ladies! Plus I got to visit the lovely Amy Geek! If you’re someone who’s looking for a comic-con that’s just about comics, you should really add Baltimore Comic-Con to your list. You won’t regret it!