I’ll be at the Baltimore Comic Con this weekend, Aug. 28-29. While I always have a great time at shows like Orlando’s MegaCon and Seattle’s Emerald City (both of which I’ll be attending in March, 2011), I love the Baltimore Con. It’s a two-day show, which is much appreciated. It’s held in the inner harbor area of Baltimore, a beautiful spot. Promoter Marc Nathan and his army of volunteers, led by Brad Tree, do an all-around awesome job.

But the thing I love most about Baltimore is that it’s a COMIC show. No retired wrestlers, no C-list TV has-beens, no aging Playboy centerfolds hawking pictures taken 20 years ago. It’s all about the comics, and because of that, Baltimore consistently has one of the best guest lists of any show. This year is no different, with a huge list, including Geoff Johns, Frank Cho, Walt Simonson, Jim Starlin, Bernie Wrightson, Todd McFarlane and a hundred others. Go to the con website for the complete guest list: http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com/

I’ll be set up at the Top Cow booth, along with publisher Filip Sablik and my Magdalena artistic partner, Nelson Blake 2nd. I don’t have a set signing schedule, but chances are I’ll spend a good portion of each day at the booth. If I’m not there, ask someone at the booth to track me down via phone.

The Top Cow panel will be held 1 p.m. Saturday in Room 308, with me, Filip and Nelson dishing on all things Top Cow. Nelson and I might also discuss our beloved New York Giants, who are playing the Ravens in a pre-season game a few miles away on Saturday Night. This year’s con exclusive is the sold-out Velocity #1, with a new Michael Broussard cover. Michael and Kenneth Rocafort were both originally scheduled to be at the show, but had to bow out due to deadline considerations. Sometimes that’s the way it goes.

Hope some of you can be at the show. To me, Baltimore Con is one of the best reminders about why we love comics in the first place.