As geek culture and the general acceptance of people of all ages embracing their fandoms continues to grow, conventions have been popping up around the country over the past decade or so like weeds. Some appear and vanish just as quickly, while others come on the scene and limp along.
Every so often, an event comes on the scene that grows (and matures) year over year. The Baltimore Comic-Con is just such an event, even though it’s fairly young at only thirteen this year, it’s got a breadth of offerings and spectacle that many far larger and older events would be envious of.
It’s grown smartly when the time’s been right over the years, growing from one to two days, changing venues, adding new elements and pairing up with the annual Harvey Awards. This year, event organizers are anticipating over 10,000 attendees.
This year’s event will be held September 8th and 9th at the Baltimore Convention Center. The Saturday hours have been extended to go until 7pm (Sunday goes until 5pm).
Stan Lee will be returning for the 2nd year in a row as the Guest of Honor. He’ll be in attendance on Friday evening at a special VIP Q&A panel, and then at the convention on Saturday and co-hosting that evening’s Harvey Awards. “Stan’s first appearance at the Baltimore Comic-Con was an unmitigated success last year,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Having him return for a second go-around is simply amazing and a great opportunity for those who missed him last year to meet a living legend in the comic industry!”
The Harvey Awards (honoring outstanding work in comics and sequential art) will be presented Saturday night and hosted by Phil LaMarr (in addition to the aforementioned Stan Lee) starting at 8:45. The Awards is a separate ticket than the general convention and can be purchased from the convention website.
Making sure that the whole family can come enjoy the fun, kids 10 and under get in free with a ticketed adult. Also for this year, there’s a Kids Love Comics Pavilion with a range of activities for the younger fans. Some of the activities include interactive comics talks, design your own super hero cape, kids comics reading and drawing booth, and more.
Sunday afternoon will also feature the 4th annual costume contest, sponsored by Stylinonline.com. Prizes will be awarded in ten categories including kids, adults, groups, fan favorite, and best in show.
With over 100 featured guests spanning the best and brightest of the comics industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be undoubtedly continue being one of the stars of the Northeast annual convention scene.