Baltimore Comic-Con has just ended. We attended the mega comic book show on Friday, the very first Friday Baltimore Comic-Con has seen—BCC expanded to three days this year after starting as a one-day show in 2000 and quickly becoming a two-day show in 2002. The crowd was light on Friday but vendors were bracing for the crush of attendees on Saturday.
The show layout was different this year than last. Artists and publishers were on the far aisles while comic book vendors and exhibitors with other types of pop culture items were in the center. As expecting going into the show, we did not find many exhibitors with trading cards. What we did not expect, however, was finding so many promotional cards for unusual sources and we thought it would be interesting to present those here.
The first card we found at the show, on the “freebie” table, was from long time collectibles dealer Mike Carbo. The front has a depiction of Mike as a member of the “Walking Dead” not surprising based on the popularity of all things dead but yet alive. It’s a colorful card and the back has information about the type of things he is looking to buy, including non-sports cards!
We found a strange but unique set of 5 cards based on the theme “What happens to the comics if there is a third world war?” There are cards featuring well-known comic strip characters such as General Halftrack from “Beetle Bailey” and the cow from Gary Larson’s “Far Side”. This cards were done originally as a Kickstarter incentive. Set us back a buck but well worth it.
Broken Icon Comics
A four-card promo set featuring the heroine “Sevara” and her various incarnations and supporting cast. A nice looking set, and free!
M2/The Pin-Up Art of Michael Munshaw
Three cards depicting pin-up girls, these promote the artist. Artwork is attractive; this set us back another dollar.
A throwback looking set similar in design to 80s Topps stickers promoting the Vandroid movie and comic. Three card numbers were found: 2, 7, and 19 and reps at the table told us these are the only cards that have been produced. Batman says “A bit lacking for my taste but once again, Free!”; Harris says “one of the neatest finds of the show.”
A single card featuring the character “Drift” who obviously drives a Black Scion FRS! It is a black card front with Unit 5 in red outline letters; frankly I’m not sure what Unit 5 stands for but I have several of them as they were – say it with me now – free! In fact, Scion had an entire table of Scion swag—lip balm, microfiber eyeglass cleaner clothes, mints, etc., all at a cost of….well, you got it!
My favorite cards from the show (says Bob….Harris thinks they’re very well done too), these are targeted at young people and the object is to promote reading and history published by Fulcrum Books, the card fronts depict historic figures the New England region from 1620 to 1750, including Metacomet and Cotton Mather. These cards have rounded corners and we procured a set of 4. I also snagged two other cards from Fulcrum featuring major firsts for African Americans, such as Bass Reeves who was the first U.S. Marshall in the Wild West. They cost us nothing – free!
These are cool and they serve a great purpose—produced by the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agency (I.C.E.) these cards offer internet safety tips for kids and parents. Cards promote tips like think before you click and card fronts show character like “Cyberbully” and “Ransom”, along with good guys like “Bandwidth”, a police officer. A complete set consists of 12 cards (over three different packs) and was supplied by I.C.E. (along with a deluxe carrying bag) for the cool price of…free!!
That wraps up our card finds. If anything looks good, let the chase begin! You’ve got one more day to get out to Baltimore Comic-Con (the show runs Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM). And either way, mark your calendars now for the 2015 dates—September 25 – 27, 2015. See you there!
Artist Jason Yungbluth
Lady Death Metallicards we spotted at the show
Artist Michael Munshaw had this display of Cryptozoic Entertainment Archer sketch cards on his table
Cryptozoic Entertainment Downton Abbey Seasons 1 & 2 sketch cards for sale on artist Allison Sohn’s table