BALTIMORE COMIC-CON: The 10th annual Baltimore Comic-Con runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. The costume contest begins at 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for one day and $25 for both days. Call 410-526-7410 or go to comicon.com/baltimore. Pictured: John Reilly poses in his $900 custom-made Spidey suit. (Baltimore Sun photo by Karl Merton Ferron / October 7, 2009)
Comics fans prepare to suit up for weekend
Armchair superheroes, villains ready for Baltimore Comic-Con
by Chris Kaltenbach | October 8, 2009
Should Spider-Man and Batman be seen riding the light rail this weekend, don't be alarmed. Baltimore Comic-Con is in town, with a hook that should attract even more of a costumed crowd than usual. Instead of just getting stared at or having her picture taken incessantly, this year's Supergirl could win $1,000.
"So many people come dressed up anyway, on their own," says convention organizer Marc Nathan, who's eager to see how many Supermen, Wonder Women and Fantastic Fours will show, attracted by the convention's first-ever costume contest. "If we can get a couple hundred people in costume down here. ... Think about it: A kid comes down to a comics show and thinks he met the real Batman. Why wouldn't that be great?"
Of course, there will be more to the con than a bunch of people in masks and capes. More than 100 comic book writers and editors are scheduled to show up, including Neal Adams, the definitive artist on Batman, Superman and a host of other DC Comics characters from the 1970s, and George Perez, who has reimagined and re-energized comic book characters (including Wonder Woman, a character he resurrected from comic book limbo in the early 1970s) and even entire comic book universes, through his work on DC's "Crisis on Infinite Earths." Just about all the guests will be signing autographs and answering questions throughout the convention.