Location: Baltimore, MD
Dates: September 5-7, 2014
Venue: Baltimore Convention Center
Price: $25-$150 depending on the ticket type
Years: Began in 2000
Guests: Nearly 200 comic writers and artists plus media guests Peter Mayhew and Joel Hodgson
Overview: The Baltimore Comic Con is a great traditional comic convention with a nice balance of vendors selling comics and toys coupled with a variety of comic writers and artists.
The excellent organization is clear from the layout of the main room. While many cons put all of their guests in one area causing congestion as multiple lines overlap, BCC avoids this problem by spreading the con guests throughout the large room. This helps reduce congestion and encourages attendees to walk around the entire room.
Discussion panels included a celebration of The Phantom, teaching with comics, and the history of fanzines. There were industry spotlights on Valiant, Dynamite, and Boom. Guest panels included Gail Simone, Dave Gibbons, Matt Wagner, and Paul Levitz.
Ron Randall was promoting his excellent comic series Trekker (Trekkercomic.com). Aquaman fans may be familiar with him from his time on the Justice League comic. His daughter was helping run his booth and she shared that Aquaman was always a favorite of hers and that she felt he didn't get enough credit. We had a great conversation with Ron Randall about creator owned comics and the challenges of promoting them. We left with a stunning original drawing of sci-fi bounty hunter Mercy St. Clair.
Sunday featured a costume contest as well as an outdoor photo op of the many cosplayers. There was a spectacular Black Manta, but soon there were multiple voices calling out "Where's Aquaman?" and "Why didn't anyone cosplay as Aquaman?" Let's hope someone remembers next year!
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