Baltimore Comic-Con 2015, part II

Cosplay is a great equalizer.  The only limit is creativity.  Anyone, no matter age, gender, race, or shape can dress as anyone they like. At Baltimore Comic-Con, they were out in full force.  Here’s a sampling of who was there this weekend.  These pictures reflect my personal character biases.  There were also tons of Deadpools (who all got together to dance) and Harley Quinns.  And despite the repetition of characters, almost no two costumes were the same.

These two get my best technical vote.  Robby the Robot and the Lost in Space robot were both motorized but had people perched inside.

Robots

The Avengers were also in full force.  I think Black Widow may have been the most popular costume of the day after Deadpool and Harley.

Avengers1

Avengers2

The Batman family was also well represented.  I loved this version of Nightwing.  Its similar to the Young Justice version but this guy added so great new touches.

Nightwing and Batgirl

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My favorite but horribly named villain, Deathstroke the Terminator, was also a popular costume with both men and women. Here’s my favorite version of the day.

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With Deathstroke making an appearance, it makes sense that the TV versions of Green Arrow, Flash, and Arsenal would also show.

DC TV Crew

My favorite costume of the day was this version of Blackhawk, a character who led an international group of World War II pilots fighting the Nazis.  I can just see this guy showing up at a meeting of the Justice League and offering his services to the new generation.  Everyone else seemed like people dressed up as their favorite characters; this guy seemed like he was Blackhawk.

Blackhawk

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Baltimore Comic-Con 2015

I was fortunate enough to make it to the Baltimore Comic-Con this weekend.  It was a great day of meeting stars, creators, and some cosplayers.

This was the first year (that I am aware of) with celebrity guests.  I was able to make the Paul Blackthorne panel.  He plays Detective Lance on Arrow.  I had no idea he’s actually British.  He handled questions from the audience with a self-deprecating humor.

BCC also featured Ming-Na Wen, best known as Agent May on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the voice of Mulan. When repeatedly asked what she could reveal about the upcoming season, she jokingly said only that it started this week and that she can’t say anymore because “they” are listening.  She also made it clear that she would love any part in the new Star Wars movies, which would complete the new Disney trifecta (Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars).

Ming-Na Wen

A very blurry picture of Ming-Na Wen

My favorite comic is the 1998 DCU Holiday Bash.  It has stories featuring most of my favorite characters by most of my favorite creators.  I decided to try to get every creator sign a copy.

This trip my main objective was to get Brian Stelfreeze’s signature.  He is the artist on my favorite story in the book, a Nightwing/Oracle story.  He was very personable.  He talked about how, with well-known characters, the most fun stories can be the interpersonal ones (such as this story).

Brian Stelfreeze

Brian Stelfreeze

I also met Russ Heath, the artist on a Chuck Dixon Sgt. Rock story in this book.  He has had a long career and had his own panel at the Con.

Russ Heath

Russ Heath

I had Karl Story sign the book a few years ago but didn’t have the idea of taking the creator’s photos until afterwards.  He was nice enough to let me fix that error.

Karl Story

Karl Story

I also met John Ostrander, who, among other things, wrote the story that transitioned Batgirl to Oracle (Batman Chronicles .  He told me that this was one of the last stories he worked on with his wife, Kim Yale, before her death due to breast cancer.

John Ostrander

John Ostrander

Lastly, I got to meet Marv Wolfman, who is the co-creator of my favorite character, Nightwing.

Marv Wolfman

Marv Wolfman

I picked up some comics in the dollar bin.  My favorite was a tie-in to the Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie called Homecoming.  It has a fun story with Cap and Black Widow from before the movie, and also has a reprint of the Falcon’s first appearance (image from marvel.com).

Homecoming

While I didn’t find any Fighter Pods (and frankly, hadn’t expected to), I did pick up an old Burger King Happy Meal version of the Jedi Starfighter.  The color looks like Obi-Wan Kenobi’s ship.  I never picked up the actual Fighter Pod Jedi Starfighter and was always bugged that it was so much bigger than the X-Wing.  This version has the small, rounded style of the Fighter Pods and is the approximately in scale with the X-Wing.  I also picked up a few Heroclix but they are for future projects and will save those for later posts.

BK Jedi Starfighter

BK Jedi Starfighter

There were some very creative cosplayers I saw but since this post is getting really long, I will share those photos in another post.

Hot Wheels: Back To The Future DeLorean-Hover mode

I decided to get collect pop culture Hot Wheels after the first DeLorean came out but I was lucky enough to find one at a flea market for cheap.  So when I spotted another DeLorean at a store a few days ago, it caught my eye.  I figured it was just a re-issue until I noticed the wheels where horizontal.  It’s actually a new version with hover wheels and Mr. Fusion added to the back of the vehicle.

A Time Machine for under a dollar

A Time Machine for under a dollar

Both the new and previous DeLoreans

Both the new and previous DeLoreans

Now with Mr. Fusion

Now with Mr. Fusion

While the hoverwheels are obviously not functional, the good people at Hot Wheels installed hidden wheels which give the car the appearance of gliding.

DeLorean undercarriage

DeLorean undercarriage

Shrunk in Time...

Shrunk in Time…

DC Fighter Pods Series 1: Slade

My favorite villain is Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke the Terminator.  He has been a villain (and sometimes a hero) with significant roles in the Titans, Batman, and DC mythos, not the least of which includes playing a major role in the creation of Nightwing.

Slade

Slade

I decided to go with the maskless version (thanks to the Star Wars Series IV Captain Typho) and an amalgamation of the body armor used in various recent versions of the character. I also used a Series II Commander Neyo and a Star Trek Series I Ayel. Since Fighter Pods were directed at younger kids, I decided to go with the Slade name.  I guess Deathstroke the Terminator sounds a bit violent for the little folk.

Recommended Slade reading.  This is not a comprehensive list – just some great stories.

The New Teen Titans #44: The origin of Deathstroke and the first appearance of Nightwing.

Deathstroke The Terminator #13 (Vol 1): Slade takes out Aquaman, Green Lantern and the Flash.

Nightwing #80-82: Slade is hired to kill the police chief of Bludhaven, who just happens to be a close personal friend of Nightwing.  How Nightwing stops him is one of the most original endings I’ve read.

Batman #647: Part of the Under the Red Hood story.  Deathstroke tries to recruit the Black Mask into the super villain organization, the Society.  He brings an odd grouping of villains that give Batman and the Red Hood a run for their money.

Superman/Batman Annual #1 (2006): Batman and Superman face their Earth-Two counterparts.  Deathstroke crashes the party…until he meets his own counterpart who looks suspiciously like a certain red and black merc with a mouth from another publisher.

Green Arrow #75 (2007): On a vendetta against Green Arrow, Deathstroke takes on the entire Justice League by detonating a bomb designed to counter the individual member’s powers (kryptonite included).