Conventioneers

I’m not what you would call a “Comic Book Enthusiast” (read: NERD). People are trying to turn me into one but I’m not there yet. I don’t have the breadth of knowledge most comic book fans have. I’m not even sure I want to. I know I can’t afford another hobby, that’s for sure. I do know enough to be dangerous, however, and I do have my favorite characters, but the stories and histories are foreign to me. I’ve never fully immersed myself in the world but as I geek I feel a camaraderie with comic book fans and I respect them for their dedication. James, my bro-in-law and fellow blogger, is a comic book nerd of the highest order (with all due respect). So we decided to head to the yearly comic convention here in Central Ohio, the “Mid-Ohio Con“.

This was the first “con” for both of us. I think we had an inkling of what to expect, having read about conventions like the San Diego Comic Con or the New York Comic Con and seen the pictures online, but we weren’t sure exactly what to expect. Here are a few pictures recapping our trip (A complete set of these images can all be found on Flickr.).

(Note: I felt somewhat awkward asking people to pose for pictures. Most of these were snapped when other people were busy asking for poses.)

Most of these photos are of the crowd, of the cos-players (a sub genre of comic book fans that amaze me).

The first up was the gathering of Ghostbusters. This seemed to be the most popular costume of the convention. I was under the impression there were four (five if you count Tully) but there were quite a few more than that in Columbus last weekend:

Ghostbusters

I think these two Predator costumes were the Best in Show for James and I. Both were extremely detailed (the masked Predator even had the three-laser sight, which was extremely cool). They even scared the kids. That brightened my cold, dead heart. GET TO DA CHOPPA!

Predator

Two Predators

Of course, no convention is complete without Darth Vader and his cadre of Storm Troopers and MOC had its Vader. Here he’s talking to Boba Fett with his helmet off. This Fett costume was actually very well done.

Vader discusses with Boba Fett

Vader and his entourage

Speaking of Boba Fett, one of the “celebrities” at this year’s MOC was Daniel Logan, the child actor who played the young Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones. It was actually kind of cool to see him there and being able to instantly recognize who he was. He seemed like a nice guy who was clinging to whatever was left of his fifteen minutes.

The highlight for me was meeting James Kyson Lee (AKA Ando Masahashi on Heroes). I haven’t been following Heroes as closely as I did the first few seasons, but all along Ando has been my favorite character, and it was pretty cool meeting him and snapping this picture (and professing my undying love to him):

Me and Ando

So, all in all, it was well worth the price of admission. I’m sure James could do a better report of which “Comic Book Celebrities” there were, but I was fascinated by the dedication of the fans, the talent of the artists on display and the general feeling of acceptance that permeated the show. I don’t know if I’d go back again, but it was definitely an experience.

(As a bonus, here’s my four year-old son with the Spiderman mask we brought him):

Spider-Mason

DC COMICS: Blackest Night

Not really game-related, but epic nonetheless!

The blackest night may sound familiar if you’ve ever been exposed to DC Comics and the green lantern’s oath:

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“In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!”

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That blackest night part of the green lantern oath is what’s going on in the DC universe right now. Here’s a description from the DC website, “The dead rise across the DC Universe, bringing terror and darkness with them. What are the Black Lanterns? What do they want? Will Earth’s greatest heroes survive long enough to find out – or will they join the Black Lantern Corps?”

Basically there is a villain named, “The Black Hand” (in the picture above on the left with the skull in his hand) who has become the first black lantern and is bringing back all of the dead characters from the DC universe. Those who have risen from the dead, superhero and villain alike, are returned as a dark and evil version of their former selves. The goal of the black lanterns so far is to wipe out all sentient life in the universe. There has been further information/developments and the main bad guy of the story has been discovered and you can find it if you look hard enough.

Just putting this out there for anyone who may be interested. If you are interested then you probably already know about it. This series claims to have some really lasting changes in the DC universe, but the always say these kinds of events will. The story so far is really great from several of the tie-in’s I’ve read and has been the only comics to make me want next month to come today.

A bonus that came with the first issue is this plastic black ring. There are rumors that there may be other rings to come for each of the different color of corps. Each corps has an emotion associated with it and a description of each is on the link.

Comics and gaming

Video games seem to be a popular topic in comics lately. I’m not talking about webcomics like PvP and Penny-Arcade (a couple of my faves). I’m talking about the ones in the newspaper. Bill Amend, writer of Foxtrot, gets gamers. Whether he’s joking about World of Warquest or Nice City, he does a great job goofing on video gamers without be condescending or disrespecting the medium. He is a gamer, afterall. He gets it.

In today’s Dispatch, the one-panel “Six Chix” comic about video games, another writer comes close. Kathryn LeMieux clumsily tackles the issue of whether gaming is mature or not. While I would agree that most M-rated games are anything but mature, her depiction is less than flattering.

Maybe the truth hurts?