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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/20/2011

BALTIMORE COMIC-CON: Real ‘comic-lover’s con’ kicks off today...

This morning, Comic Riffs is heading to this weekend’s Baltimore Comic-Con, where top comics creators don’t have to jostle with Robert Pattinson and Robert Downey Jr. for centerstage.

“My love for the Baltimore Comic-Con is all about their guest line-up,” says writer/editor Mark Waid, who will appear today at both DC’s “Spotlight on the Legion of Super-Heroes” spotlight and the “Marvel Universe” panel shortly afterward.

“Head honcho Marc Nathan and his crew bring in plenty of today’s hot creators,” Waid tells Comic Riffs, “but they also host some of the legends who don’t attend shows like [San Diego] Comic-Con — or, if they do, don’t get the spotlight.”

Also appearing on those same two panels will be Barry Kitson, who tells ‘Riffs: “I especially like the Baltimore con for it’s fan-friendly atmosphere, great organization and it’s focus on comics. ... [It] offers a great chance to meet and chat with a great lineup of creators.”

Adds the British artist: “The show really does feel as if it’s organized with the enjoyment of the attendees, both fans and professionals in mind.”

Appearing both Saturday and Sunday as the event’s Guest of Honor will be Stan Lee, who tells us: “I hadn’t been to Baltimore for a while and had heard good things about the Con.

“Also, being a native New Yorker,” the Marvel mastermind adds, “I’ve always had a soft spot for anything to do with the East Coast.”

Some creators especially appreciate the family atmosphere.

“It’s a very kid-friendly show, which is great as an Archie Comics creator,” says Dan Parent, who will appear on the Sunday panel “Comics Jukebox: All-Ages Comics in the Digital Age.”

There’s also first-time attendee Scott Snyder, the hot DC talent who will appear on Saturday’s panel “DC: The New 52” to discuss the publisher’s headline-grabbing reboot of 52 “No.-1” titles.

Snyder tell us he’s “excited!” for one big reason: He “heard it’s a real comic-lover’s con.”

And then there’s veteran writer-artist Walter Simonson, who says that “the Con is about the perfect size.”

“I get to interact with a lot of fans, old and new, and visit with a number of friends I don’t see all that often,” says Simonson, who at last year’s Baltimore Comic-Con received the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement award.

“Needless to say — so I’ll say it anyway — the Inner Harbor in Baltimore is a fantastic venue,” adds Simonson, making it “a delightful, and exhausting, summer weekend.”

For full details about guests, panels, hours and location, check out the Baltimore Comic-Con website.

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