The 2016 edition of Baltimore Comic-Con has just ended. The NSU team visited the Baltimore Convention Center for the annual comics fest on Friday. This is the third year since the show moved from two days to three and the crowd on Friday was very manageable. Friday is a good day to attend if you can get the day off work and you don’t mind missing out on most of the media guests. Speaking of which, this year’s line-up included Hayley Atwell (Marvel’s Agent Carter), Sean Astin (The Goonies, Rudy, Lord of the Rings), Candice Patton (The Flash), Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones) and Michael Rowe (Arrow).
As usual, trading cards are sparse at Baltimore Comic-Con. We did spot many new releases on Philly Non-Sports Card Show dealer Derek Woywood’s table. And we saw a very small smattering of cards elsewhere. In the artists area, we saw a few sketch cards artists including Brad Hudson, who was working on a new Upper Deck release during the show. Other names non-sport card collectors might know included: Stefanie Battalene, Katie Cook, Danielle Gransaull, Meghan Hetrick, Steve Lydic, and Allison Sohn.
Many of these larger comic con’s seem to have exhibitors mixed in among the usual crop of publishers like IDW, Valiant, etc. who seem a bit out of place. This year, we spotted one clumping of three oddities — The Lasik Vision, Green Mountain Energy, and T-Mobile. Hey, I guess comic fans needs to read, illuminate their pages, and text their friends so why not, right?
Even if you’re a card collector and you come away with just a smattering of freebies and the odd promo card or two, the show is a lot of fun. If you get the chance, be sure to check it out. Next year’s show takes place September 22-24 so put it on your calendar now.