I love Baltimore. I really do. The traffic coming up on the 95 from North Carolina might not be the best, but it's always worth it once we get into the city and see the convention center that host the Baltimore Comic-Con.
Though there wasn't a Ravens game (as there usually is) there was an Orioles game (Camden Yards is right next to the Convention Center). I took my girlfriends son there on Friday night and we watched the Orioles whup the White Sox 4-0.
I love Baltimore.
The amazing Randy Tischler was there to hook up behind the panels with two press passes so Melanie banks and I could do our usual run of interviews, photos, and book reviews from aspiring artists. This was the best year by far!
The shows second annual yearbook featured Stan Sakai's ever popular, and one year shy of 30 years in comics, Usagi Yojimbo. It featured artwork from talented folks that were scattered throughout the show, and the always fun "scavenger hunt" began. 10 signatures would get you a print that wasn't included in the book, and for every 5 after that you'd get another. Always fun! (In case anyone missed the previous years book, it featured Frank Cho's Liberty Meadows!
Joe Hill (Author of Locke & Key) was a huge hit at the IDW table and the line wrapped around the interior of the Con like some sort of hungry snake. It was an awesome opportunity to meet Joe Hill, who was donning an awesome Watership Down T-shirt and he had one of his father's novels tucked in his back pocket.
I had some interview rounds with folks like Brian Pulido, Jimmy Gowenley, Stan Sakai and others (The Interviews from THIS year's show are undergoing editing - the links will take you to previous con interviews) - Stan Lee was unable to make the Con this year, but AMC had the show "Comic Book Men" on hand down on the floor while Kevin Smith (yes, that Kevin Smith) and Jason Mewes were upstairs previewing a showing of their new cartoon film. You could tell whenever the Comic Book Men crew were on the floor because the place would just erupt in cheers and applause!
The Cosplaying was amazing, as always! and I did some candid pics with Melanie and the Cosplayers.
Stan Sakai sat quietly at his table illustrating the next issue of Usagi Yojimbo while a lan of fans waited patiently for a signature and a hand shake.
Don Rosa (of Uncle Scrooge fame) exclaimed that this had been his best state side show in FOREVER and mentioned that he only ever had lines like this in Europe!
Mike Mignola was once again at his (very) sparse table (does he really need to promote anything, he's Mike Mignola) and being very pleasant with everyone who wanted to chit chat with the famed Hellboy creator.
David Petersen was at his Mouse Guard booth entertaining fans with personalized mouse guard quickie sketches and discussing the next story arc of Mouse Guard "The Weasel Wars"
Frank Cho was set up with a two new sketch books and was also accompanied by Cosplayer Ivy Doomkitty who was selling prints of her, illustrated by Frank Cho titled "Dat Ass"
I Spent sometime over at Insight Studios table discussing a future project with Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel, of which we are all very excited but can't actually discuss right now. But when it hit's everyone's going to be super excited!
Both days were packed to the brim with treasure hunts, panels, costume contests, getting together with old friends and having a pretty amazing time for 48 straight hours.
As a matter of fact, I even spoke with show promoter Marc Nathan about something really special both Melanie and I would like to do there next year. Once that all gets ironed out I'll fill all of you in with the details!
I can't wait for BALTIMORE COMIC-CON 2014 - They're stretching it out to a 3 day event! September 5-7th.
Mark your calendars!!