Baltimore Comic Con – September 2-4, 2016

I don’t do often, but I’m going to play the I’m a female geek card.

You hear stories about female geeks being forced to “prove” their credibility, and being accused of not really being a geek, and being mansplained to.

You know what doesn’t happen at Baltimore Comic Con? Any of that. At least not as far as I have ever experienced. From a costume that no one recognized to a 2am conversation sparked by my spaceship tattoo covered leg, I never once felt that I was being treated as not a real fan.

It makes Baltimore special.

Whether I was hunting art or getting commissions in Artist Alley, talking to creators of favorite books, buying toys (way too many toys), or just chatting with other con goers, I felt completely accepted.

I’ve been going to conventions for more than twenty years. And while I’ve been lucky in regards to how I’ve been treated, there’s always that one person. Sometimes it’s as simple as being nudged out of the way, sometimes it’s a picture being taken that just makes you feel a little uncomfortable, sometimes it’s more overt.

But in my four years at Baltimore Comic Con, none of that has ever happened. I’ve had conversations with men, women, young, old, comic fans, sci-fi fans, fans of things I’ve never even heard of. And I’ve never felt like I didn’t belong. Even when I didn’t know a single person other than my roommate, I met people right away. People who I still look forward to catching up with every year.

Baltimore Comic Con is a special convention. It’s the one that I make sure to request vacation days for as soon as I can. It’s the one that I would go to, even if I couldn’t afford anything but food. It’s the one that I wouldn’t miss, no matter what.


Baltimore Comic Con – September 25-27, 2015

Here’s the thing about Baltimore Comic Con.

It’s brilliant.

And it’s not anything specific. It’s something you can’t describe. People actively enjoy being there. Maybe part of it is the location. I mean, the Inner Harbor is beautiful. Maybe it’s the comics centric nature of the show. While there were some media guests there, it never felt like they were the entire focus of the weekend. Maybe it’s the people. Actually, scratch that. It’s definitely the people.

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Baltimore Comic Con – September 5-7, 2014

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Here’s the thing about Baltimore Comic Con; even when it’s not perfect, it’s one of the best conventions out there.

This year the convention expanded from a two day to a three day event, and while it showed a few growing pains, the best parts of the weekend were still very present. And it says a lot about Baltimore Comic Con that, despite getting completely turned around due to lack of aisle number signs, and having a major costume screw up, and waiting in the wrong line at one point, I still consider it to be one of my favourite weekends of the year.

I don’t know how much I can say that I haven’t said after previous years. If I haven’t convinced you to go yet, I doubt I ever will. But you’ll have no idea what you’re missing out on.

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Movie Review – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson

It’s not a secret that I loved Captain America: The First Avenger. It might have been a surprise (at least to me) at how much I connected with Steve Rogers, but there was nothing about that movie that I wasn’t going to love. Superheroes, WWII films, action/adventure; yep, Captain America was always going to be one of my favourites of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

So it also shouldn’t be a surprise that I had high expectations for The Winter Soldier. When the title was announced, I had only just recently read the comic on which it was based, and had fallen completely in love. Cue even higher expectations.

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A Letter to Comic Shop Owners (and the people who work there)

Dear comic shop owners:

It has come to my attention that not all comic shops are as amazing as my local shop. I have been lucky; as a girl who started reading comics in her 20s, I have never been judged on what I read/don’t read. And what I read is a lot of DC and Marvel, as well as scattered titles from other publishers.

But recently I saw someone who owns a comic shop question whether his customers read crap.

Now I love visiting new comic shops, even though I always go back to “my shop.” And this shop had been pretty high up on my list of places to visit. I will not be going there now. I do not appreciate books I like being called crap. They may not be the best thing out there (in your opinion), but there are still people who love them.

Every title is someone’s favourite. And while you might not agree, the people who buy them are still your customers. Feel free to think what you want, but to state that sort of opinion in a very public place is a mistake.

Most people have multiple choices as to where they purchase their comics from. If they’re like me, there are six comic shops within a forty minute drive, two of which are less than ten minutes away. If they aren’t that lucky, there are websites you can order from. And then there are┬ádigital comics.

There is no reason to continue to go into a store that says the books that you enjoy are crap.

Superhero books are not better or worse than non-superhero books. Drama is not better than action. Original stories are not better than tie-in comics.

Comics are a format, not a genre. And people like all different genres.

So if you are going to call the books that your customers read “crap,” you might find yourself needing new customers soon.

Sincerely,
Geek Girl


Comics: Mini Rambles – February 26, 2014

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Avengers Assemble #24

1) I’m finally liking Spider-Girl. I never really disliked her, but now I want to see what happens to her next.
2) Love the new Inhuman trait that showed up.
3) The banter between the characters is great.

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Comics: Mini Rambles – February 19, 2014

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Animal Man #28

1) Intense and powerful and a wonderful penultimate issue to this fantastic book.
2) Love getting to see Maxine really having a chance to shine.
3) I wish I had a father like Buddy Baker.

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