Baltimore Comic-Con

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Baltimore Comic-Con
Status Active
Genre Comic
Venue Baltimore Convention Center
Location(s) Baltimore, Maryland
Country United States
Inaugurated 2000; 17 years ago (2000)
Attendance 15,000+[1]
Organized by Marc Nathan
Website
www.baltimorecomiccon.com

The Baltimore Comic-Con is a comic book-oriented fan convention held in the fall of every year since its inception in 2000.

Each year, the show features marquee-name comic book creators past and present, publishers, charitable organizations, and vendor booths offering genre-related items, including comic book back-issues, limited edition collectible items such as Toon Tumblers and clothing, videos/DVDs, etc. Panel discussions throughout the day feature industry names presenting information on current and upcoming industry events, past hallmarks in comic book history, and information on the industry and how to be a part of it.

History[edit]

Founded by Marc Nathan, owner of Cards, Comics, and Collectibles of Reistertown, MD, the show was originally a one-day show held at the Sheraton Hotel in the Baltimore suburb of Towson. In 2002, after outgrowing its previous venue, the show moved to the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore, across from Camden Yards and down the street from Geppi's Entertainment Museum, and was extended to a two-day show. In 2014, responding to demand from attendees and exhibitors, the show moved to a three-day event, starting on Friday, September 5 and lasting through Sunday, September 7.

An annual Yearbook, featuring renderings by attending artists, became a part of the show in 2012, featuring Frank Cho's Liberty Meadows characters, followed by Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo in 2013 and Matt Wagner's Grendel in 2014. A scavenger hunt is also associated with the Yearbook, where attendees who get a pre-defined number of contributor autographs receive prints that were not part of the book, featuring characters from that year's theme by other attending artists.

Comics industry awards venue[edit]

In 2006, the 19th Annual Harvey Awards, named for the late comics genius Harvey Kurtzman and developed to honor comic book industry professionals and companies singled out by their peers, moved from the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) in New York City to the Baltimore Comic-Con, with Kyle Baker as Master of Ceremonies.[2] The Harvey Awards were held every year at the Baltimore Comic-Con from 2006–2016, when they moved to a new venue.[3]

In June 2017, the Baltimore Comic-Con announced the creation of the Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards (the "Ringo Awards"), to be held annually at Baltimore Comic-Con beginning in September 2017.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cavna, Michael (August 27, 2010). "BALTIMORE COMIC-CON: Has it become the supreme antidote to San Diego?". Washington Post. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Harvey Awards History". The Harvey Awards. Archived from the original on January 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ Draper Carlson, Johanna. "Harvey Awards Leaving Baltimore, New Home Not Disclosed" Comics Worth Reading (October 14, 2016).
  4. ^ Johnston, Rich. "The Ringo Awards – Named After Mike Wieringo – To Replace Harvey Awards At Baltimore Comic Con," Bleeding Cool (June 16, 2017).

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