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10 pictures from Ocean City’s first Comic Con

I didn’t know what to expect pulling into the Grand Hotel on Saturday morning for Ocean City’s first Comic Con. I had a vague idea of what would be happening throughout the day, thanks to an earlier talk I had with the convention’s organizer James Dufendach, but nothing could have prepared me for all the people, costumes and general hype-ness that had overtaken the hotel the morning of Dec. 9. 

Pictured: a model of the DeLorean from Back to the Future. Unpictured: Two very long lines of people waiting to get in from the cold and get their Comic Con wristbands on. 

I should preface this by saying that I know very little about comics, anime or Whatever It Is the Kids Are Into These Days (I’m only half-kidding when I say that). I kind of just barged in with my camera and very little knowledge of the things that are considered “nerd culture,” which was pretty intimidating when the hundreds of people who showed up to the convention are very into the culture that Comic Con celebrates. I didn’t want to embarrass myself, so I mostly just kept my mouth shut aside from downing a coffee from the Grand’s Java Beach and asking costumed attendees if I could take their picture. These photos are the result of that.

stormtroopers comic con
These guys were greeting people as they walked in to the lobby to purchase their tickets.

On Facebook, Ocean City Comic Con reported that their projected attendance was doubled at the actual event. That’s probably why it was a little difficult at times to peruse the vendors while pushing through the crowds, but everyone looked to be having a good time regardless.

comic con family
There were costumes, there were couples costumes, and then there were entire family-coordinated costumes. 

By the way, if I got anything wrong in the captions, please let me know. I won’t be offended by being corrected, although I’m fairly sure I can identify a Stormtrooper from a Studio Ghibli character. Send me your own photos and I’ll add them to this blog for all the world to see! These 10 photos above and below are by me and BL Strang-Moya. 

Pikachu Comic Con
Even Pikachu made an appearance!

Overall, although I don’t usually make a habit of going to these kinds of events, I’m really glad I did. Everyone I encountered was so happy and excited to be there, and the $7 ticket price–or $5 or $6 for those who showed up in costume and/or with a can of food for Diakonia–went a long way considering all the vendors, screenings and panels available. More than that, though, there was a real sense of community among the attendees and volunteers, and I’m sure many new friends were made on Saturday. All of Ocean City’s incredibly creative and talented cosplayers seemed to come out of hiding at our town’s first Comic Con, and for that reason alone I hope the convention comes back for another year. 

Comic Con merch
There was all kids of merch from a variety of vendors available for sale, some of which I’ll never entirely understand.
Comic Con No Face
My personal favorite costume of the day was No-Face from Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, who towered over the crowd.
Dr. Who TARDIS Comic Con
Dr. Who fans rejoiced coming in the left entrance of the hotel, where a replica of the show’s famous TARDIS stood.
Comic Con Spaceballs
Barf from the movie Spaceballs. I can get down with the John Candy cosplay.
Comic Con dog
Only service animals were permitted inside the convention, but the ones who came were in the Comic Con spirit, too.
Comic Con Ocean City
A look at the early-morning crowd.
Abigail Neely (right) as Batgirl poses with a mystery man as the Riddler. Photo courtesy of Abigail Neely
Kristin is a writer and photographer in Ocean City, Maryland, and is the content manager for OceanCity.com and other State Ventures, LLC sites. She loves getting reader-submitted stories and photos, so send her an email anytime. She also works part-time at the Art League of Ocean City and the Ocean City Film Festival and lives just off the peninsula with her dog and fiancé. Her photos can be found on Instagram @oc_kristin.

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  1. Hi great article! I actually noticed I am in one of your pictures! Well sort of with the storm troopers. Just above the left stormtroopers shoulder with the black and white hat. I was there also filming for my youtube channel! I am a vlogger and do alot around the OC area and other fun things. My youtube channel is MoviemaniaNick if you want to check out what I do. Have a nice day!


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