Eight other artists will be on hand, including Dan Nokes, a Lusby artist who publishes his own lines of comics, and Chris Flick, the Virginia-based creator of the webcomic "Capes and Babes" ("A Strip Mall, A Comic Book Shop and One Crazy Werewolf").
The show will be small enough that visitors can see everything it has to offer in a day, yet varied enough, Penrod says, to interest fans of all stripes, including those who enjoy comics-related collectibles, Japanese anime, even dressing up as their favorite characters or bidding at a live auction.
They're hoping to pack the Elks Lodge, of course, and if all goes well, to expand attendance from one year to the next, ultimately drawing as many as 5,000.
For now, both are content to provide something like what Anderson used to love each Wednesday years ago — and what his customers enjoy now when they come to Third Eye for new-comics day, which still falls on Wednesdays at shops across America.
"Ideally, we'll bring out people from all over the state, give them a venue for socializing, maybe even a good place to bring their families," he says. "Maybe it will be their first time at a comic books convention. If so, I think they'll go home happy. We're all geeks about something."
If you go
What: The Annapolis Comic-Con
When: Sun., Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Elks Lodge 622, 2517 Solomons Island Road, Annapolis
Admission: $5 for adults, $1 for active military or in costume; children under 10 free
Costume contest will be held at 1 p.m., live auction at 2 p.m.. For more information, visit annapoliscomic.con com or email email@example.com