Mild-mannered Columbia will don tights and a cape this summer, when Galactic Con returns to the DoubleTree Hotel in Columbia on Sunday, July 22nd. While San Diego hosts their huge Comic Con International, the Columbia Comic Con will give families and fans a chance to experience a local con the same weekend. Galactic Con will have vendors specializing in comics, anime, toys, books and pop culture. Dozens of artists and creators from Maryland, Philly, Delaware, and the surrounding areas, will be present to display their work and offer commissions. The talented Anthony Spay will be featured and have an exclusive print for sale. Many more local artists can be found in Artists Alley. Columbia Comic Con will have a costume contest, so come dressed to win some amazing prizes. Special costumed guests will also be present. The local chapter of the 501st, a volunteer group that portrays the Dark Side of the Star Wars Universe, along with the Rebel Alliance to help balance the Force. The Finest, a G.I. Joe cosplay group, will also be stationed there, so be sure to bring you camera. All pictures with our costumed guests are absolutely free!