A line of people outside the convention center showed cosplayers, fans, and even people out to do something different on this Saturday. After an expert parking job, Kimmie and I headed inside Dallas Comic Con for media check-in and headed into the Exhibit Hall (the dealer room/artist area) to pass some time.
As one would expect, the room was filled to the brim with things that would excite anyone. Alongside comics of every age and grade, there were action figures, beautiful statuettes, shirts, panties, even little plush vampire babies. Truly there was something for all!
If you’ve been a convention before, I can tell you that this dealer room was standard fare. After a couple of small purchases and making a note of where Stan Lee would be later, we headed out to track down the media director to find out where we needed to be.
As you walked into the convention, there were info booths on either side, some elevators and a large walkway leading you to several places: a pavilion on the right, the exhibit hall on your left or some escalators and elevators. Regardless of this simplicity, there weren’t many signs directing people to where autographs were or anything. If you didn’t have a program or chose to stash it away, it was really hard finding out where everything is.
After we evaded large groups of people, we headed upstairs to find the media area which turned out to be just a stretch of carpet with tables and plug-ins for all your media needs. Not TOO shabby, but we realized Stan Lee was in the building and raced back downstairs, right past a Tardis.
Before we dive into an overview of the 8th Wonder, Stan Lee, I’m gonna discuss some of the cool stuff over in the exhibit hall. Aside from toys of ALL areas of nerd, comics as far as the eye can see, there were artists promoting their works and I came across a few that really stood out. There was Kristen Hogan, a girl who made squids (SQUIDS, I say) out of different kinds of fabric, including one cephalopod created out of an old Spider-Man pillow case. Further down, some FANTASTIC landscape paintings caught my eye. These were not your stereotypical gardens and oceans. Instead, Tattooine’s two suns flared over a home, Cloud City floated amongst beautiful periwinkle clouds. I yearned to own one of these because you could tell the artist, Lisa Ficarra, loves her subjects intensely.
I didn’t have hundreds to spend so I moseyed on down the walkway where I bought a fuckin’ amazing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle poster, drawn by Jerry Rascoe, who was kind enough to sign it.
I spoke with several other artists but two stood out to me from the others. I spotted a drawing of a little zombie boy and zoomed over the table because, well, who the hell doesn’t like cute little zombie kids?! The creator, Mario Wytch, was happy to tell me a little about his newest project: Adventures of Zombie Boy, about a little zombie boy who is allergic to human flesh. Full of funny, I’d definitely recommend you take a peek at it! Plus, Mario was great to talk to! A couple of booths down, I came across some FANTASTIC fantasy art that will be a graphic novel called Xymphonia. Beautifully complex and textured, the bright colors and magical appeal of the characters jumped out at you from the table. I honestly can’t wait to pick it up and give it a try.
As with most conventions, there were cosplayers as far as the eye could see: Harleys engaged Jokers in loving scenarios, Dark Phoenixes palled around with Supergirl, I even saw a Sexy-no-Jutsu Naruto. I don’t think I had a personal favorite!
Among the regular cosplayers were Spider-Man and Batman, teaming up to bring good to the world. Promoting Heroes for Hope, Beta Theta Pi of UT Arlington are a fraternity who dedicate their time to dress up as superheroes and deliver action figures,comic books, and joy to terminally ill children.
When we made our way back to the guests, we didn’t get to meet Stan Lee, but we were perfectly content watching him sign multiple autographs and joke around with the fans. Just seeing Stan Lee was enough for me. It’s a nerd girl’s dream come true. Aside from signing hundreds and hundreds of autographs, he did a Q&A where he revealed his cameo in the new Spider-Man movie!
I wish we had been able to meet Carrie Fisher. Admitting no press, pictures, or people, aside from the fans who paid to get there autographs, she may as well have not even been there.
If Carrie Fisher put a damper on the day, Leonard Nimoy redeemed it. Nimoy certainly commanded attention, be it by the way he spoke, the things he said, whatever, he got it. I’ve never ever been to a presentation with the crowd being completely silent and engaged in every word out of his mouth. He cracked several jokes and discussed the origins of the Vulcan salute and the Vulcan nerve pinch.
Enraptured at every word, I laughed at every joke, and teared up at the end. Pure emotion ran through that man’s voice, and if I wasn’t a fan of his before, I most certainly was after. The only down side to the entire thing was explaining to channel WB33’s anchor (one of 2 other media outlets present, aside from us), who he was and who Stan Lee was. If you have the chance and money to see Leonard Nimoy, do it. Do it, do it, do it. It was life enhancing!
The day ended with a revisit to everything, just in case we missed something and headed home with full hearts and my brain full of Nimoy. It was definitely a con to remember.