The Baltimore Comic-Con was held on September 8-10, 2023, returning to the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. The three-day convention keeps the focus on comics from the guest list to the exhibitors to the panels, which was once again on display at the 2023 edition of the show.
The creator guest list was huge, including Arthur Adams (Longshot), Mirka Andolfo (Sweet Paprika), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Brian Michael Bendis (Action Comics), Russ Braun (The Boys), Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Jim Calafiore (Aquaman), Chris Campana (The Adventures of Parker Reef), Richard Case (Doom Patrol), Howard Chaykin (American Flagg!), Jo Chen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows), Amy Chu (Red Sonja), Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men), Katie Cook (Adventure Time), Mike DeCarlo (The Simpsons), Jan Duursema (Star Wars), Garth Ennis (The Boys), David Finch (Wonder Woman), Tony Fleecs (Stray Dogs), Trish Forstner (My Little Pony), José Luis García-López (Superman), Mike Grell (Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters), Torunn Grønbekk (Carnage), Gene Ha (Fables), Bob Hall (West Coast Avengers), Cully Hamner (Blue Beetle), Scott Hanna (Detective Comics), Tony Harris (Starman), Mike Hawthorne (Deadpool), Greg Hildebrandt (Star Wars), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), Klaus Janson (Daredevil), Geoff Johns (Geiger), J.G. Jones (Black Widow), Kata Kane (Altar Girl), Tom King (Batman), James Kuhoric (Fright Night), Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth), David Mack (Kabuki), Howard Mackie (Ghost Rider), Kevin Maguire (Justice League), Laura Martin (Nubia: Queen of the Amazons), Ron Marz (Silver Surfer), Bob McLeod (The New Mutants), Adriana Melo (Fantastic Four), Al Milgrom (Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man), Karl Moline (Fray), Mark Morales (Thor), Brandon Peterson (Uncanny X-Men), Khoi Pham (Teen Titans), Richard and Wendy Pini (Elfquest), Tom Raney (Incredible Hulk), Afua Richardson (Black Panther: World of Wakanda), Craig Rousseau (Young Hellboy), Steve Rude (Nexus), Alex Saviuk (Web of Spider-Man), Louise Simonson (Superman: The Man of Steel), Walter Simonson (Ragnarok), John K. Snyder III (Fashion in Action), Mark Sparacio (Shi), Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity Revelation), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Philip Tan (Batman & Robin), Peter J. Tomasi (The Bridge), Billy Tucci (Shi), Dexter Vines (Superman/Batman), Mark Waid (The Flash), Lee Weeks (Batman), Matt Wieringo (Stargate Atlantis: Gateways), Keith Williams (Web of Spider-Man), Marv Wolfman (New Teen Titans), Kelly Yates (Doctor Who), and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes). (Check out interviews with Ennis, Grønbekk, Mack, Maguire, and Starlin elsewhere in Scoop.)
Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter), and Chris Sarandon and Ken Page (The Nightmare Before Christmas) were the media guests at this year’s show.
Comic-focused exhibitors and vendors included Cards, Comics, and Collectibles, who had a large display in the center of the show with rows of long boxes filled with Golden to Modern Age books. The Hero Initiative charity organization was selling books and accepting donations, and Third Eye Comics sold the latest comics and graphic novels. Additional comic vendors included Basement Comics, Bedrock City Comic Co., Dave & Adam’s Card World, Harley Yee Rare Comics, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, Highgradecomics.com, Reece’s Rare Comics, and Superworld Comics.
Geppi Family Enterprises was represented by Gemstone Publishing, Hake’s Auctions, and PreviewsWorld. Publishers Ahoy Comics, Insight Studios, Mad Cave Studios, Source Point Press, and TwoMorrows Publishing were at the show. Third party graders CBCS and CGC were there, as were auction houses ComicConnect/Metropolis Comics, ComicLink, Goldin Auctions, Heritage, and MyComicShop.
In addition to the comics, original art, and graphic novels, vendors sold a variety of related collectibles. There were lightsabers and prop weapons, t-shirts, jewelry, stuffed animals, DC and Marvel action figures, wrestling figures, comic character statues, and anime and manga memorabilia. One vendor had vending machines filled with pop culture toys, indie artists sold prints and posters, and genre fiction novelists offered superhero, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror books.
The Kids Love Comics area dedicated to programming for kids featured art lessons and contests, sketches and signings with comic creators, and kids could make their own superhero costumes.
Some of the creators participated in Q&A sessions and celebrations, including Grell, Chaykin, Johns, Rude, Waid, Bendis, Statin, Starlin, and more. The celebrity guests also engaged with fans in panels.
It was another successful Baltimore Comic-Con, bringing together creators, dealers, and fans for a weekend filled with comics!
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