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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.

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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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Baltimore Comic Con, Part 3 – As a Fan

I’ve experienced Baltimore Comic Con as a cosplayer and as a writer, but I still feel that the most fun way to experience the convention is as a fan.

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Baltimore Comic Con, Part 2 – As a Writer

It’s taken some time to accept the fact, but I am a writer. And it’s taken even longer, but I am now (relatively) comfortable telling people that when they ask.

But it’s still weird to say it when surrounded by people whose primary job is writing.

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Baltimore Comic Con, Part 1 – As a Cosplayer

The idea of wearing a fully put together costume to a convention for the first time is terrifying.

At least it is to this not-a-cosplayer.

So when I finally decided to give cosplaying a try, there was never a question about which convention would be my practice round. Baltimore Comic Con isn’t the biggest, or most costume oriented, or even closest convention, but it is the friendliest comic convention I’ve attended, no question. And I knew that even if my home-made costume wasn’t perfect, I wouldn’t have to worry about the negativity that occasionally shows up in the cosplay community.

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Three Weeks ‘Til Baltimore Comic Con

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Sat & Sun, Sept. 7-8, 2013

As of today, we are just less than three weeks away from Baltimore Comic Con. And though I’ve only attended once before, it very quickly proved itself to be one of my favourite conventions.

So here are some of the reasons why I love it and some of the things I’m most anticipating. Continue reading