On Saturday, September 6th, it was that time of year again. My yearly excursion to The Baltimore Convention Center for what I consider to be the BEST Comic-Con on the East Coast, The Baltimore Comic-Con.
I’ve been attending the Con every year since 2007, and have had the great pleasure of meeting, and getting sketches from such Comic Book greats as Jim Lee, Adam Hughes and Kevin Maguire. This year was different. This year I was most excited to meet and speak with amazing illustrator Tracie Ching.
I arrived at the Convention Center about an hour before the doors opened to the Con floor. Once the doors rose and people began flooding onto the Con floor, I made a beeline for Tracie’s booth in “Artist’s Alley”. I recognized her booth right away, and began looking through her portfolio of display prints while she spoke with a gentleman I soon found out was none other than Dave Perillo!
Once Tracie and Dave had finished up their conversation, Tracie and I began chatting. I have to say, I have met a lot of artists and illustrators throughout the years in my visits to the Con, and Tracie ranks right up there as one of the nicest, most approachable people I have had the pleasure of speaking with. We talked all about Tracie’s work, the tools she uses to create, blogging, and of course I HAD to ask her to be a guest on an upcoming podcast! We ended the conversation with me buying a few prints from Tracie, including her “Kill Bill-The Yellow Haired Warrior” print!
Next, it was time to stop by Dave Perillo’s booth. Unfortunately, I did not have any pictures of floss on the streets of Baltimore, but that’s a Twitter hashtag for another time. Dave and I talked for a little while, during which time I looked through his prints and happened to spy something that I had never seen from Dave…X-Men: The Australian Years! I remarked to Dave that I HAD to have that print, as the Australian Years were my favorite X-Men period. Dave was awesome to talk to, and I purchased a bunch of 8×10 prints from him, including some Transformers and Godzilla prints!
It was then time to stop by the booth of Maryland-native and all-around awesome illustrator, Paige Pumphrey. Paige is always a hoot to speak with, and Saturday was no exception. We talked a little about her illustration work, and I purchased her latest sketchbook.
The remainder of my day consisted of walking the Con floor and checking out all the awesome Comics, Toys and Statues that the vendors have to offer. All-in-all another very successful day at Baltimore Comic-Con, and I cannot wait until next year!