Now, while Baltimore Comic-Con is in its 11th year, this was only the second year of the costume contest, so they're still working out some kinks. They did make a positive change from last year, moving the contest (and all the panels, actually) from a temporary room on the show floor to a larger room on the third level of the convention center. This allowed more people to get in to see the event. They also moved the event up on the schedule (it was at 4 p.m. on Sunday last year, and scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday this year).
However, I don't think the organizers anticipated quite the level of interest this year, from both a spectator and participant perspective. Because of the increase in both audience and contestants, they had to open up an extra room, which ended up resulting in a one-hour delay. Also, because there were so many contestants, they couldn't squeeze the contest into its previously allotted time. So, don't ask me who won. I don't know. As much as I wanted to see the whole contest, I also wanted to go the art auction, which was scheduled to start at 3 p.m. -- two hours after the scheduled start of the costume contest, but only one hour after the actual start -- so I bailed.
Now, the art auction was actually moved down on the schedule. Last year it was held at the end of the day Saturday, technically after the show had closed, but this year it was scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday. Only, it didn't really get started until 3:30 p.m., which cut it real close to show closing time. By moving the event from Saturday to Sunday, they were able to get a lot more pieces into the show, but I think it also made it tough for people to sit there and wait for each piece to get auctioned off, since that would have meant missing out on that last trip around the show floor. I again had to bail on the event before it was over, this time to go and pick up a commissioned piece. That said, I was in the room to get a chance to bid on the three items I had my eye on, and just like last year, they all went for more than I was willing to pay.
That doesn't mean I left the show empty handed. Far from it, because -- spoiler alert -- ANGEL IS TWILIGHT!
OK, if you've been reading the Buffy comics, you already knew that (and if you didn't, well, I did write "spoiler alert"). But now I've got the drawn proof of that fact:
That's the original artwork for pages 11-14 of Buffy #33, the issue in which Angel is revealed as Twilight. Georges Jeanty, the artist, and I had been trading e-mails for awhile regarding these pages and he gave me a solid price on 12-14. Then, when I picked them up on Sunday, he threw in 11 for me as well, which was awesome of him.
I also picked up my full color Mary Jane piece by Joseph Michael Linsner (pictured above) as well as a full body Mary Jane by Craig Rousseau, which he did in the style of the "Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane" series he worked on. I love it because it's so different from the other MJ pieces I have. At some point I'll get around to posting a picture of it -- and all the other art I got this weekend -- on my Comic Art Fans page.
So, aside from the signed books I mentioned in Saturday's post, my tally for the weekend included original art from Ron Garney, Joe Linsner, Craig Rousseau and Tim Sale, original pages from Georges Jeanty, and prints from Adam Hughes, Laura Martin, Amanda Conner and Dave Seidman. I unfortunately didn't get selected for a piece by Hughes, but I'll probably try again at New York in October. All in all it was a pretty good weekend, knee disasters aside.
Oh, and since you're probably wondering, yes, I do have pictures from the portion of the costume contest I attended (the under-13 contestants and the 13-and-up female contestants). I'll post those, along with all my other pictures from the convention, later tonight.