This past weekend I went to my very first Comic Con, and it was without a doubt one of the most bizarre experiences of my life. Friday, a little before noon on the inaugural day of the Austin Comic Con, there was a line wrapped around the Austin Convention Center, and it was then that I started my descent into the world of comics, fanboys, and cosplay.
Upon entering the Con I was greeted by such a fantastic sight that I was immediately transported back to my childhood, and that sight was the ORIGINAL BATMOBILE. Parked just mere feet from the entrance was the vehicle I had dreamed of driving since I was 6. Now, granted, I am not that old, but FOX practically played the original Batman movie every Sunday, and if it’s on TV I’m watching it (and that still holds true today).
I have honestly never been around that many comics in one place. There were old comics, new comics, and tons of fan made movies and props.
I also have never seen so many nerds and geeks in one place; it was indeed quite the spectacle. Bear in mind that this is not the size of the New York Comic Con or San Diego Comic Con, but the amount of stuff they fit into a small space was astounding. Around every corner you turned there were either more comics to look through, more collectibles to envy, row upon row of artists and their works, and even a gaming area for- you guessed it- Magic: The Gathering. It really was the weirdest thing watching everyone taking inventory of their cards and the whole international card exchange thing they had set up, kind of like a black market auction; it was pretty cool.
After almost 6 hours wandering the halls, talking to artists, buying some comics (Bad Kids Go To Hell, Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall, both of which were signed), and some movies (Twin Peaks season 2 for $10; now I can finally watch the finale), I decided to call it quits for the day.
I returned Saturday to finish up some interviews, and it was as though the convention never closed. Only this time, there was probably triple the amount if not more people there and it was 11:30 am. It didn’t even feel as though the air conditioner was on. I thought I saw a plethora of nerdy fanboys on Day 1, but I was sorely mistaken. People dressed in stupid steam punk crap were replaced by elven goddesses and superheroes.
And practically naked Poison Ivy…
Was replaced by this…
But I digress, to me the convention was a success and I hope it will return next year. Some let downs were the panels (they just really didn’t seems all that into it) and the Magic: the Gathering corner, only because no one would teach me how to play (open invite Austin anyone out there want to teach me how to play, email me through the contact page). I didn’t get to go on Sunday because from being around all of the mouth breathers I ended up getting sick, and what sucks even more is the fact that I was supposed to interview Buffy‘s star Nicholas Brendon, but I decided to forgo it because I didn’t want to be the douche that got him sick. Still, it was a great time to be had.