Baltimore Comic-Con 2023 kicked off Friday afternoon at the Baltimore Convention Center. The convention, in its 24th year, brings together people from all sorts of fandoms. Whether you’re into Marvel superheroes, vintage comic collections, anime, action figures, local art or anything in between — there’s something for pretty much everybody to enjoy.

Robert Merk, left, and Erik Merk sift through comic books. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)
Spider-Man shows off a sticker of Spider-Man. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott got in on the fun, too, showing up Friday dressed as the Marvel hero Vision. He was joined by his partner, Hana Pugh, as the Scarlet Witch, and her son, Ceron, as Dr. Strange.

“The folks at Comic-Con were very excited,” Scott said. “They said the mayor always comes to Comic-Con every year. And probably the only other mayor that did some dressing up would probably be [William Donald] Schaefer. ... So they were very excited to have that,” Scott said.

(Schaefer, who was mayor from 1971 to 1987, did memorably dress up in an old-timey swimsuit at the National Aquarium seal pool in 1981. We don’t know if he ever donned a superhero costume, though, and Baltimore Comic-Con didn’t start until well after his tenure as mayor.)

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When it came to picking the characters and costumes, young Ceron was the driving force, Scott said.

“All that was picked by the little one. Ceron picked all of that,” he said. “It absolutely was not my idea.”

Scott said dressing up was fun, but it came with one significant downside: “It took me about 40 minutes to get all that paint off my face.”

The convention runs through Sunday. More information about the event can be found on its website.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, along with his girlfriend, Hana Pugh, and her son, Ceron, poses for a photo. They’re dressed as Vision, the Scarlet Witch and Dr. Strange, respectively. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)
Baltimore artist Will Brown poses for a portrait. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)
Rashid Farmer, right, has a light saber duel with Trey Jones. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)
A Baltimore Comic-Con visitor contemplates which pocket watch to purchase. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)
“Worfpool” poses for a portrait. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)
A Captain America shield signed by numerous comic book artists. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)
"Star Wars" Lego characters are lined up for purchase. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)
Giga-Chad Knight, also known as "Ben," poses with his sword. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)
A display of knitted versions of Joel and Ellie, from "The Last of Us," fighting off an infected/knitted zombie. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)
Raul Gonzalez, dressed as The Question, examines a Funko Pop. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)
A couple sorts through comics for sale. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)
Tracy Vu, owner of CroChic, poses for a portrait with her Sailor Moon doll. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)
Mary Jane Watson and Spider-Man (Kayla and Jerry) pose for a portrait. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)
People enter through the main gate of Baltimore Comic-Con. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)

Baltimore Banner reporter Pamela Wood contributed to this article.

Ulysses Muñoz is a photojournalist at the Baltimore Banner, sharing Charm City's stories through his camera. He previously spent 7 years as a visual storyteller, first at The Capital Gazette and later at the Baltimore Sun. Born and raised in Columbia, MD, he's a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

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