Baltimore Comic-Con concluded this past weekend. The NSU team of Batman and myself visited the 16th annual BCC on Friday in our second trip to the Charm City (after last weekend’s Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Con).
Friday’s crowd was light as vendors braced themselves in anticipation of Saturday’s heavy crowds. Media guests (which are new this year) were on the light side on Friday as well with Edward James Olmos being the only celebrity scheduled to appear. Arrow‘s Katie Cassidy and Paul Blackthorne, Once Upon A Time‘s Raphael Sbarge, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Ming-Na Wen were scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
As usual with Baltimore Comic-Con, a wide swarth of artists were available to meet and greet. One of the first we stopped to talk with was Brad Hudson. Hudson’s table had a notebook of Star Wars Chrome Perspectives artist return cards and this caught our attention. The cards were most reasonable priced at $20 each. We saw several other artists who have worked on sketch cards in BCC’s large artists alley: Katie Cook, Otis Frampton, Bill McKay, Andy Price, and John Watkins-Chow. Several legendary artists, whose works garnered their own sets in the fantasy art set heyday were also in attendance including Bernie Wrightson and Charles Vess.
Only two or three dealers with non-sport cards could be found including Derek Woywood (found at Terry’s Comics tables) and Zeno’s Books. On the promo cards, the only cards we spotted were a few Blue Line Pro cards we’ve picked up at other shows and a nice Billy Dogma card at artists Dean Haspiel’s table.
Of course the main attraction at Baltimore Comic-Con is the comics (duh!) and there are lots and lots of them at the show. This year also brought out tons of those Funko Pop! vinyl figures we now see at every show. Aside from that, there was a great variety of other pop culture related goodies, cosplay, publishers, and oddities (a Sprint booth and another with poo items — don’t ask!). We spotted one vendor who had craftily made small ruled notebooks out of trading cards, which looked very nice. We also found a Topps rep walking the show floor and checking out artists alley on the hunt for fresh talent and were excited to speak to him about Topps’ upcoming Star Wars and Doctor Who releases.
Did you attend the show? Let us know what you thought in the comment section. And for those of you who did not (and those who did), make plans now for next year’s show, which takes place September 2-4, 2016. And be sure to have a look through our brief photo gallery below.
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