17th annual Baltimore Comic-Con opens at Baltimore Convention Center

Posted at 5:25 PM, Sep 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-02 17:53:42-04

In downtown Baltimore, Friday’s rush hour consisted of more than just cars.

Spiderman, Deadpool, Harley Quinn and others flocked to the convention center for the 17th annual Baltimore Comic-Con.

Fans of all ages came to see costumes, comics and figurines. Many visitors are from the Baltimore area, but still some have traveled from halfway across the world. It was rumored that a fan came all the way from New Zealand.

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Robert Allen came to Friday’s event dressed as the Mighty Morphin Power Ranger from the show’s first season. It’s his second year at Baltimore Comic-Con.

“I just love coming here and see how much stuff you can get and meeting the artists and just having fun,” he said.

Karla Marsh and “Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find” traveled from Charlotte, N.C. to sell silver and gold age comics. They specialize in the rare and hard to find books. She said they’ve attended Baltimore Comic-Con every year since it began and they love it.

“It’s more of a comic book show,” Marsh said. “It’s a great event for the comic book community and it doesn’t have things like the other shows do. It’s not mostly celebrity based. It’s just a good pop-culture comic book show.”

The annual event has become like a family reunion for many artists, vendors and fans.

“It’s just like a big family reunion for everyone in the comic industry,” Marsh said. “I’m looking forward to seeing family that we only get to see at shows.”

Even though Friday was just the first of the three-day event, there was already a great crowd. More than 10,000 people roamed the Convention Center for merchandise.

“It’s fantastic, the crowd is amazing,” Marsh said. “All the people are lovely and we’ve already done really well.”

Tickets are still on available for Saturday and Sunday.

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