7 Things You Should Know About Baltimore Comic-Con 2013

BALTIMORE (WMAR) - Don't be surprised if you see a slew of Batmans, Jokers, and a parade of zombies walking down Pratt Street this weekend.

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The big draw for Baltimore Comic-Con 2013—aside from the colorful cosplayers—may be special guests Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, better known as the characters they made famous Jay and Silent Bob, but there is so much happening at the Convention Center this weekend.

"You're going to see a kid-friendly, family-friendly setting that celebrates comic books, not just super heroes but all graphic story-telling," Brad Tree, Baltimore Comic-Con director or operations, said. "To me, it's about meeting the writers and creators. I've liked comic since I was 5 years old – 40 years ago."

Workshops, panel discussions, charities, rare collectibles and an exclusive screening of Kevin Smith's new animated movie round out the two-day convention.

But let's take a deeper a look. Here are the 7 Things You Should Know About Baltimore Comic-Con 2013:

DID WE MENTION COSPLAY? Do not be alarmed. BronyCon is not back in town. Although we can't say with certainty that a "Brony" might not make an appearance at the convention. We do know however that the most devote fans of comics will be decked out in fiction's finest come Sunday for the 5th annual Comic-Con costume contest. (Say that five times fast.)

To put it in plain English, you may get to see Princess Leia, hanging out with Mr. T this weekend. To see more photos from the 2012 con, check out photographer Bruce Guthrie's gallery.

KIDS LOVE COMICS Well obviously. But truthfully, some graphic novels may be a little too graphic for the younger generations. Fear not. Baltimore Comic-Con has planned two days' worth of activities for children including a "design your own superhero cape and mask" craft, drawing lessons, Star Wars Light Saber training and more. If that weren't enough, kids under 10 get in for free with a paying adult.

JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BALTIMORE Kevin Smith's marquee character Silent Bob isn't known for his gift of gab. Fortunately the quadruple-threat writer, director, actor and Podcaster (yeah, it's a thing) who fills out the oversized trench coat, is. Smith and partner in comic-crime Jason Mewes and the gang from AMC's Comic Book Men, will screen an exclusive sneak peek at Smith's new animated film The Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. The crew will also tape a live Podcast Q&A. Tickets are still available.

WORKSHOPS For the working comic professionals, or those trying to break into the graphic novel industry, Baltimore Comic-Con is boasting scores of panels from learning how to self-publish to talks about the history of comics' Golden and Silver ages. The full scheduled can be found here.

THE HARVEY AWARDS Think the Oscars for comics. Tickets are still available.

DRINKING AND DRAWING For the over 21 crowd looking to get the party started a little earlier, Baltimore Comic-Con and Pratt Street Ale House are teaming up for a fund-raiser to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation a day early.  The Drink  and Draw happy hour extends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday featuring cartoonists, free food, craft beers, original artwork, rare collectibles and door prizes to benefit Team Cul de Sac.

"Team Cul de Sac (TCDS) is a TEAMFOX fundraising effort initiated by Chris Sparks in honor of his friend Richard Thompson, the cartoonist behind the Cul de Sac comic strip who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease," according to a release.

ANOTHER GOOD CAUSE Award-winning graphic novelist and illustrator Robert James Luedke will be selling original military-themed prints with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warriors Project.

The Wounded Warriors Projects raises money for programs that support injured veterans and their families.

"This is a wonderful cause that supports those who have put it all on the line for their country, but now are finding it difficult to heal and reintegrate into society, even with the help of our government," Luedke said in a release. 


Are you going to Baltimore Comic-Con 2013? What are you most excited about?

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