Are you feeling tired? Lethargic? A creeping feeling of loss and dawning realization that your day to day life is dull and colorless? Congratulations, you probably just got back from a con weekend. Pandora Promotions and Comic Related just got back from a weekend at the midwest’s largest comic convention, C2E2, and we are definitely feeling that shell-shocked daze that arrives the Monday after a con. This was my first big comic con so I am probably feeling it more than most.
In actual fact most of the big exciting things about these cons were lost on me. I am not a huge comic reader and frankly most the classics seem a lot like soap operas. Everyone has been married to or shot by everyone else at some point and unless you’ve been following it from the beginning there is no point in trying to understand what is going on. I observed on Friday that cons are basically zoos for celebrities. They bring these mysterious creatures out of their native habitat and cage them for an afternoon so you can get up close and maybe even pet them if you are lucky enough to get in the right line but for the most part I wasn’t interested in queueing up to get Val Kilmer‘s autograph. Although I did get a kick out of seeing Sean Austin (how did I not know that he was in the Goonies?) and was very amused that for some reason Shia LeBeouf was sitting across from the Comic Related table all day Friday signing autographs and taking pictures. He was a lot scruffier looking than I expected.
Compared to other events that I spend my time at comic cons are very family friendly and C2E2 was no exception. My favorite family friendly attraction by far was Kitty Zombie, who Charlie introduced me to in his zombie article. He was not too scary looking…
And he had both me and the seven year old girl standing next to me in stitches. Basically he’s a clown in zombie clothing, a child-like incarnation of the undead. I wish there more were zombies like him.
The the thing that got me most excited on the con floor was the costumes. It’s great to see people who spend months putting together something amazing as a tribute to something they love reveling in the attention of the crowd. I used to be shy about asking to take pictures of people but now I understand that it is one of the highest forms of praise in these circles.
Of course the best part of the weekend was getting to finally meet more of the Comic Related family and artists who I’ve been following from afar. Of course Decapitated Dan and his wife Amy were as lovely as Charlie described, which is kind of surprising for guy with a severed head for his logo. Gordon Dymowski was great and kind enough to record a Doctor Who segment with us for episode 16. I met Pab Sungenis, the creator of a comic strip I follow called The New Adventures of Queen Victoria and came away with one of his books, Suffragettes Gone Wild. I was also thrilled to meet Comfort and Adam Love. I first learned about them from a Related Recap interview that Charlie did with them last year and I’ve been a fan of their comic Rainbow in the Dark ever since. They are fantastic creators all around. I love their original stuff and their rendering of more iconic characters are great as well. Aloysius came home with a wonderful Doctor Who print.
Overall a good time was had by all and in all honesty, despite my joking at the beginning of the article, I actually came home very energized for the two cons we are putting on this year. Aloysius, Charlie and myself were looking for ways to bring some of the good ideas home with us and put our own spin on them and I think we can safely consider the weekend a success by that measure. Now I just need to start working on a cosplay character for myself and I will be all set for my next comic con.