Mike and I went to this year’s installment of Baltimore Comic-Con today. Wow, this con just keeps on growing! This year they took over more of the convention center, including moving the exhibit hall to a larger space. It took us a couple hours to walk through the hall, and we didn’t even get to see a couple rows. The costume contest was super popular (which unfortunately meant they moved the waiting area to a place less conducive to photos and very backlit, so I have less than last year). That being said, the crowds were manageable. We arrived a couple hours after opening, and did not have to wait in line to grab our wristbands from Will Call. Parking in the area was a bit high for Baltimore ($15), but since we ordered ahead we were able to get a spot in a very close-by garage even with a Ravens game going on (although the garage was turning away people who had not reserved online).
As for swag and shopping, we got a comic signed by Alex Maleev and another by Adam Hughes, two of our favorite artists. Mike bought a 2013 convention shirt that had Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo on it. I saw that they were selling shirts from last year, which we had also attended, but did not buy any show merch at. Mike really likes Usagi, and the only size they had left was also Mike’s size. That sounds like fate, right? So he bought it. Meanwhile, I bought a few prints in Artists’ Alley by Bill Walko.
Here are our photos of other cosplayers.