The 17th Annual Baltimore Comic Con arrived this past weekend to its home at the Baltimore Convention Center. With thousands in attendance, this was a really awesome year.
BCC held no stops for celeb fan fare this year with the lineup of Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones), Candice Patton (The Flash) & Michael Rowe (Arrow). We were also honored to have the 2016 “Guest of Honor” Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
I really like this con because it really shows love to the “comic” book fans. Comic powerhouses had a great presence this year. Boom!, Valiant & Visonary were in the building, along side my new fav After Shock.
The Harvey Awards were great this year with graphic novelist Vivek J Tiwary had the crowd laughing and entertained the entire night. The prestigious “Hall of Fame” award went to the creator of MAD Magazine, Al Jaffee.
The exhibit floor was filled with really great cosplayers and talented artist. From create your own comic company “Webtoon” to 3-D figures from “Mucky Chris” to Nerd Love dating advice from Harris O’Malley, it really was a little something for everyone.
I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year!
Complex Media has announced that they’re launching their “ComplexCon” convention/festival this year. The event will take place November 5-6 at the Long Beach Convention Center. The convention/festival is setup for attendees to focus on five major features; watch, listen, shop, taste and experience. This will include art, food and live concerts.
Complex media brought on two heavy weights to be on their committee: Pharrell Williams and Takashi Murakami. Williams will take on the role of cultural director and host committee chair, while Murakami will be in charge of ComplexCon’s brand identity.
Currently, ticket prices range from $35 for one day or $60 for both days. Keep in mind, the live concerts in the evening will be priced separately.
For more information you can check ComplexCon via their website http://www.complexcon.com/
Written & Images: Renita Clarke
The 2016 Baltimore Tattoo Convention was held in downtown at the Convention Center this weekend. The main floor was filled with tattoo artist mainly from the east coast, but folks came from far and wide to hopefully get inked by an artist they might not otherwise get to meet. The stage gave you a good break form the tattoo action with acts that included suspension and some cool sets with nails and a lot of sparks to the face. Another added perk throughout the weekend is all the cool vendors, such as, Inked and Fukitt.
One of my highlights was catching up with my main man Chris Blinston. Chris was on Season 6 of Ink Master on Spike TV. When I tell you his portrait tattoos are amazing. You really have to see his work live. You can find Chris at the “No Hard Feelings Tattoo & Piercing Gallery” in Coral Springs, FL.
The other highlight was Takashi. Takashi is a master of the Tebori Method of Tattooing. Takashi home base is at Runin Tattoo in Brooklyn NY. Takashi use of the ancient art of Tebori, keeps in in very high demand. He was booked for the whole weekend of the convention.
Check out some of the images from the convention:
Written & Images by Renita Clarke
Baltimore Comic Con was a lot of fun and it’s great to see the steady growth of this convention. From Ming Na to creepy masks to fame illustrators, we can’t wait to share the images from this year with you. What stood out the most for us this year was to excellent cosplay and kickstarter projects. It’s a testament to the resilience and the heart of the showrunners- Baltimore Comic Con will continue to grow and be one of the power house comic conventions in this industry.
*All Photos by Renita Clarke / 2015 All Rights Reserved