The Big Three

September 07, 2006|By SARAH KICKLER KELBER

COMIC BOOK CONVENTION

COMIC-CON

Comic books -- especially their creators -- are the focus of this weekend's seventh annual Comic-Con. While Lou Ferrigmo, who portrayed The Incredible Hulk on TV, is one of the featured guests, writers and artists are the center of this event. Among those in the spotlight is local artist Frank Cho, who got his start doing the strip "University Squared" while a University of Maryland student and who now draws Spider-Man and The Avengers for Marvel. Comic books, anime, manga, comics-related DVDs and collectible cards will be available.

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Comic-Con takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Tickets are $15 per day or $25 for a two-day pass and are available through Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com. For more information, call 410-526-7410 or visit comicon.com / baltimore.

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[SARAH KICKLER KELBER]

DEFENDERS' DAY

FLAG-WAVING WEEKEND

It's a Star-Spangled weekend tomorrow through Sunday. The three days commemorate Defenders' Day -- Sept. 13, 1814, when the city repelled an attack by the British, and the dawn of the next day, when Francis Scott Key wrote the Star-Spangled Banner. Tomorrow, War of 1812 "soldiers" will pick up a 30-by-42-foot flag at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., a flag-and-music ceremony will take place at the Inner Harbor, followed by a procession by boat to Tide Point and a march along Fort Avenue to Fort McHenry.

Saturday and Sunday events at Fort McHenry include military drills, children's programs and a dress parade. Saturday evening at 6, muskets will be fired to show how the city was defended in 1814, followed by a concert and fireworks.

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The Flag House is at 844 E. Pratt St. The Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is at 2400 E. Fort Ave. Park hours for the events are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Saturday evening's events are free, but admission is $5 for those ages 17 and older at all other times. For more information, call 410-962-4290.

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[SARAH KICKLER KELBER]

FESTIVAL

SEAFOOD SHOWCASE

Crabs aren't the only game in town. The Maryland Seafood Festival, which runs tomorrow through Sunday at Sandy Point State Park, features a rockfish tournament (Sunday at 7 a.m.) in addition to a crab-picking competition (Sunday at 1 p.m.) and a crab soup cook-off (Saturday at 11:30 a.m.). The event also offers a beach volleyball tournament (8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday) and live music.

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The festival runs 11 a.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Sandy Point State Park is outside Annapolis at the western end of the Bay Bridge. Admission is $10 and $4 for ages 7 to 12 and free for those 6 and younger. Tomorrow, a "seafood tastings" meal card is available for $20 to sample 13 entrees. After 5 tomorrow night, a happy hour is available for $5 admission. Saturday's crab soup cook-off costs $8. Parking at the park is $3 per car tomorrow and $5 on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, including a full schedule of events, call 410-266-3113 or visit mdseafoodfestival.com.

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[SARAH KICKLER KELBER]

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