Getting Ready for Comic Con

Boston Comic Con Starts tomorrow! The Boston Globe had a funny piece up about how to treat VIPs at a a Con. Basically, “treat them like people, guys.”

Me, I’m not in it to stand in line for a Q&A panel. Stan Lee is going to be there and I’m ok not standing armpit-to-armpit in some conference room. I mean, he’s great! I just go to nerd out about the back-issues and see cool new art and take random selfies with cosplayers.

I’ll probably buy way too much swag “for my kids.”

Excelsior!

To Con or not to Con?

I’m going to Boston’s comic-con this July, and I’m pretty excited.  I remember going to a few small cons in Ohio with my dad when I was but wee. The last time I went was in 2012, and there were a few things about it that were different than what I was used to:

1.) Cosplayers had taken over.  We couldn’t turn around without bumping into someone dressed like the Joker or a Star Wars character.

2.) All of the events were centered around meeting actors in TV shows or movies.

I guess this isn’t bad, but you can’t beat jawing with a comic book artist you admire, and those opportunities don’t seem to be what is driving the experience anymore. I guess I’ll see a few actors, but standing in line for hours to say “hi” awkwardly isn’t my thing. I guess I might get cool pictures? All for the selfies, I guess.

Another thing is that comic con is now trying to appeal to all ages, which is good and bad. I went with my young son in 2012, and if we took a wrong turn it wasn’t entirely kid-friendly.  One isle was Scrooge Mc Duck, the other zombie porn! It means I’ll have to be careful where I take my kids, and that’s hard since I really want them to be able to share the love of all things geeky I have with them.  I’ll be with adults this July, so I don’t have to worry about it this time around.

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I’ll have to see what I think of the Boston Con this summer. Oscar Bernie argues that comic cons are killing fandom.  After reading his post, I realized I’ve never been to a “real” Con. I’d love to meet writers and artists, and I guess Comic-Con is not the place for that? I hope not- that’s sad. The very people doing all the creative work are in the dark or treated like cogs in a wheel. And you know what? Writers and artists are shy in my experience. We need each other, but it looks like we’re being pushed out of our own element by actors.