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Baltimore Comic Con 2016 Just Days Away

The Baltimore Comic Con celebrates its 17th year for three big days September 2-4 at The Baltimore Convention Center!

Thousands of fans will descend upon Baltimore for one of the East Coast’s most comic book and creator focused conventions. And this year promises to be the biggest yet. How big?

Walt Simonson at 2014 BCC
Walt Simonson at the 2014 Baltimore Comic Con

As of this writing the list of guests has grown to nearly 200, which does not include another 174 guest in artists alley. There will be exhibitors and retailers o’plenty, including Action Lab, Aftershock, Archie Comics, Black Mask Studios, Boom!Studios, IDW, Valiant and many, many more.

While not packing in the huge number of media celebrities found at cons like San Diego and New York City, Baltimore has added a few special appearances of its own include Kristian “Hodor” Narim (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings), Hayley Atwell (ABC’s Agent Carter) and Candice Patton (CW’s The Flash). Attendees can purchase autographic and VIP packages for an additional fee to convention admission. 

Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez at Baltimore Comic Con 2014
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez at the 2014 Baltimore Comic Con

Of course, Baltimore is a field day for cosplayers too. There will be not one but two costume contests, one Saturday for adults and one Sunday for children. Did I mention that children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult?  Yep, they are free.

There are dozens of great panels over the course of the three days. The toughest challenge for me is deciding which one to attend when there are two I REALLY want to go to  held at the same time. There is so much to do over the three days for comic fans and cosplayers alike. 

I have attend the con for the past three years and each year is better than the last.  I find the creators are more accessible to fans than at more crowded cons. All the guests I have met there could not be nicer and more engaging with fans. The guests seem to be having just as much fun as the fans. This year’s attendees can meet comic book legends such as Neil Adams, Louise and Walt Simonson, Tom Palmer, Howard Chakin and Al Jaffee, to name only a few. 

If you have never wandered over to artists alley, you are really missing out on some very talented artists who have their work on display. Many will have art for sale or will be drawing commissions. I have snagged more than a few really nice pieces of  art at very reasonable prices. 

Got a family? Make it a mini-vacation and spend a couple extra days checking out other things to do by visiting the Baltimore Maryland Science Center, Port Discovery Children’s Museum, and many of the fine area restaurants.

Maybe it is too late to plan an extended stay if  you are just now thinking about going to the Baltimore Comic Con next week, but it’s not to late to get tickets!

2015 Guest of Honor Mark Waid and Friends at Baltimore Comic
2015 Guest of Honor Mark Waid and Friends at the Baltimore Comic Con

For all more details about the con, directions and tickets visit the Baltimore Comic Con website here

Your first time attending a comic con? Not sure what to bring? Word of the Nerd can help! Read our staff convention tips here so you can get the most enjoyment from your conversion experience.  Hope to see YOU there!

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Christopher Calloway

Christopher Calloway is the small press and idependent comic creator editor for Word of the Nerd. He is long-time comic book reader and collector who is passionate about comics and their creators.