Blue isn’t the new Red. And variant was not a sole costume alternative given off by a cosplayer around the Inner Harbor during Sept. last. Like this particular one who brought on the Flash amidst the crowd at the Baltimore Convention Center. Where the downtown plentiful of sunny-day drenched passersby shared in the experience to puzzle out The Flash identifying factors. Poised in a picture with cosplaying friends, his runner’s pose doles one giveaway. But outside within that everyday afternoon, the lightning emblem additions another telltale. Even a hint given by the style of mask and lightning ear-fitted accoutrements. But even if you’ve a vague notion of the Scarlet Speedster through CW’s commercial clips or full episodes of the TV series, or from a past cartoon or even some linking comic book reference from whenever or whoever then this Flash representation dashes the case for easy recognition.
But for many attendees who caught an eyeful of this cosplayer while at 2014s Baltimore Comic-Con that Sunday afternoon, they more than likely could’ve told any curious inquirers that the blue costume is from 2010s Blackest Night crossover miniseries, a best-seller published by DC Comics.
Like this Flash costume extension, the Baltimore Comic-Con this year was able to deliver their familiar authenticity all the while at a different slant. That alternate line appropriately broke fevers that were highly anticipating a busy revival of all things comics-centric.
What else could spur the attending multitude’s mindset back to comic book fervor with the presence of “Star Wars” alum Peter Mayhew at the convention? The British actor long associated with his iconic portrayal of Chewbacca Mayhew’s role the enduring inaugural worldwide phenom sci-fi franchise was part of the context being the Media Guest of Honor. Between the Friday and Saturday autograph signings with a grand finale panel on Sunday, Mayhew forwarded just as much as Star Wars comics talk than the ongoing headlines spotlight for “Star Wars: Episode VII” that is currently filming. While Mayhew is on location and in the casting, it’s only a loose domino effect that set loose chatter over this year’s initial breaking comics industry news cycle framing the Marvel Comics purchase of the publication licensing for Star Wars, which had been a long fan-favorite and salient run by Dark Horse Comics.
Altogether, attending the BCC became a cavalcade of moments where anyone’s given highlights were occurrences in a flash. Similar to prior years, the busy main convention floor served as the crux for those not sitting the ongoing hour-long panels or signings. On the way to an editorial panel one could cross paths with Spider-Man or Black Canary costumers going from one publisher’s exhibition booth to a multi-columned Artist’s Alley. All built around in lanes connecting to the blocks of comic book vendors, some with superhero or sci-fi replicas that amped up the pop culture pageantry mood over the three-day span.
And with all the intermingling, thunderous applause could be heard centering out from a panel’s spotlight commentator’s revelation on some upcoming series; applause heard say while one waited in line to get some commissioned artwork or autograph from the big names in comic books that filled out the guest rosters.
And this was within and along the main floor of the Baltimore Convention Center. Upper levels partnered with the main to host further star-striking [panels]. 2014s Guest of Honor Walter Simonson, whose run on Thor is a salient chapter on a canon that juxtaposes right along with the artist’s stints on Marvel’s original Star Wars movie adaptation and the interpublisher one-shot The Uncanny X-Men and the New Teen Titans.
One of Saturday’s panel issued a hosting with Greg Capullo, the artist owning a current spotlight signature on the best selling and highly acclaimed Batman that rendered his inclusion on the publisher’s panel for DC Comics. Capullo sat amongst the superstar likes of Paul Levitz, David Finch, Dan Jurgens, Cliff Chiang, Joe Prado, Aaron Kuder and Ivan Reis.
More comics publishers had made their way to the Mid-Atlantic event. Archie Comics boothed. Boom! Studios appeared. Marvel Comics, Thrillbent, Valiant Comics and more maximized a present and standout publisher appearance. Although DC Comics wasn’t the only publisher with a marquis presence.
Dynamite Comics showcased in an electrifying manner. Not to say the least was around comics celeb-arrayed carpet graced by Gail Simone. Her Spotlight Panel focused on the rejuvenated Red Sonja title under current publication from Dynamite. But Simone’s key center stage occured Saturday night, when the Harvey Awards ceremony put an industry chapter on the year and the fan-favorite writer delivered the Keynote Address.
But like the nominations the Baltimore Comic-Con was beyond a room full of comics professionals. There were those moments that the lines separating the spotlight names and the fandom audience dissipated. If you can imagine those baseball legacy where the star players of the game were not so disconnected from the game enthusiasts by a velvet rope protocol. That was what it was like to come across superstar writer and editor Mark Waid beyond the booths. Perhaps it was even Gail Simone perusing a titular issue while visiting some colleague in the medium?
All the while a substantial audience views a proceeding array of contestants that make-up the substantive count of cosplayers in Sunday’s attendance. 2014s Costume Contest was a parade of Scooby-Doo’ers, superheroes, “The Simpsons” referencers, superheroinnes, video game look-alikes, supers and even a Jurassic Park tour in cosplaying. After everyone in costume took center stage between the panel of judges and audience, a dos of hours later a dose of $2000.00 dollars accompanying Best Overall Costume crowning went to the Grand Prize winner BatBot, as donned by Paul Day.
At a weekend’s entirety, from a Friday threshold ongoing until a Sunday’s closure, 2014s Baltimore Comic-Con gave a whorl of entertainment in pop fame through a transmedia rooted in comic book-centered enthusiasm.
A long weekend, gone in a Flash at the final hours.
But like the BCC’s celebratories found in a this particular medium, we all know too well the To Be Continued leading to 2015’s comic-con in Charm City.
Nothing but a bread-and-butter limelight for the Baltimore Comic-Con. A factor that distills the Hollywood celeb necessity to moot, to instill an electrifying atmosphere for a major comics-centric comic-con.