There was an abundance of interesting panels/presentation, artist exhibits,and creator meet-and-greets in addition to an enormous vendor space crammed with deals on books, movies, clothing and toys. In spite of the large space it filled up with patrons quickly, in what may be a record-breaking attendance at BALTIMORE COMIC CON today.
Indie comics creators Jamar Nicholas, John Gallagher and Rich Faber celebrate the success of their Kickstart campaign to obtain funding for a three-pack of all-ages graphic novels featuring their signature characters for young readers. They also spear-headed a large boxed-in rectangular area of the convention dedicated to works for kids and art and coloring activities as well. A large number of equally- minded young adult comics creators partnered with the three, who also host the popular Comic Shop Diner podcast.
At left, BC Refugee and aspiring book publisher/author Gary Zenker hears some of the finer points of the trade and gets advice from BOOM! Studios founder and chief executive officer Ross Richie.
At right, BC Refugee and huge fanboy Bill Broomall praises the new DAREDEVIL title from Marvel while a grateful writer Mark Waid welcomes the chance to talk about his current favorite book and the great team of artists he has to work with. In a very neat touch, Mark had a rubber stamp in Braille that he used to autograph all copies of DAREDEVIL along with his actual signature.
My metallic friend (anyone holding a huge gun in my presence automatically becomes a friend) urges one and all to return tomorrow for Day Two of the Baltimore Comic-Con.