What better way for comic book enthusiasts to spend Labor Day weekend than in a superhero costume?


Comic book illustrator Marcus Williams and author Greg Williams will debut this poster for “Tuskeegee Heirs” at Baltimore Comic-Con this weekend.

More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the 17th annual Baltimore Comic-Con, running through Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center. Some will unveil their original costumes while cosplaying, some will try to complete their comic book collection, others will get autographs from artists and special guests, and many come just to people-watch.

“The Baltimore Comic-Con started as a small, hotel-based show,” said Randy Tischler, communications director for the convention. “Since that initial year, we have grown and grown, adding guests, features, panels, exclusives, costume contests, activities, and more.”

There will be costume contests held on Saturday for adults and Sunday for children. To help those without a costume get ready for next year, a Saturday panel will offer tips on “DIY Cosplay” and how to make costumes without breaking the bank. There are sure to be many Black Panthers and Luke Cages in attendance.

On Sunday, Black Mask Comics will host a panel discussion how new creators are changing the world of comics. That discussion will include comic creators such as Kwanza Osajyefo—creator of the upcoming, crowdfunded, six-part graphic novel “Black,” which deals with issues like police brutality in a world where only Black people have superpowers.

Also on Sunday, a discussion hosted by actor Belle Burr will tackle “Diversity in Comics,” and why equal representation in comics is important.

This year’s media guests include actors such as Candice Patton who plays Iris West on the CW series “The Flash,” and she will be featured at a spotlight panel on Saturday morning.

The convention will also feature a bevy of guests such as artists Brian Stelfreeze of DC Comics, Ron Wilson of Marvel and Marcus Williams who plans to debut a poster for “Tuskegee Heirs,” a sci-fi comic series following a group of Black aviators who save the world.

Baltimore Comic-Con has grown to attract visitors from across the country and continues to offer something for everyone.

“While we are a lot different from ‘the little show that could’ back in the early days, we have maintained our comic book roots, and our guests and attendees seem to appreciate that,” Tischler said.