It’s the day after WonderCon and I feel the way one does after Thanksgiving dinner, so fat with geek that all I want is to plop myself down on the couch, not move a single muscle, and nurse my geek-induced coma with episodes of MST3K until I fall into a deep, deep sleep.
Maybe you indulged a little too much, spent too much money on the floor (which I probably did), maybe you hooked up with that cosplayer, you knew you shouldn’t have (if a girl cosplays as Harley Quinn, odds are she sees a little of herself in the character, and therefore is slightly off-kilter), or maybe you wasted too much time standing in line for a panel in which you were stuck in the very back, sitting next to some dude who has never heard of deodorant or nose hair clippers.
Whatever mistakes you made though, there’s no denying that you’d make them all over again because WonderCon is AWESOME.
(And so much easier to digest than it’s bigger brother ComicCon.)
I went to WonderCon this year pulling double duty (triple duty if you count my write up for this fantastic site!) As I’ve mentioned before on here, I’m a pretty serious comic book collector so I’m always interested in checking out the exhibit floor and seeing what gems can be found. But this year I also went as an affiliate with BoredomBreak, an up and coming Youtube channel specializing in commenting on and celebrating trending pop culture, to interview cosplayers.
At first I was a little unsure how easy it would be to get folks to talk with us, and yes, I was even a bit nervous. I don’t really like soliciting folks for things. Turns out, people in costumes, LOVE the attention. It’s harder to get them not to talk to you. For the most part everyone was really awesome, except for a grumpy Dr. Strange and uptight Scarlet Witch…who I awkwardly had to ride in an elevator with back at my hotel after they refused an interview a few minutes prior.
It was awesome to hear people’s personal connections to the characters they were costumed as. The first couple I interviewed, dressed as the Tick and Arthur, had traveled from Atlanta to celebrate their 5 year wedding anniversary at WonderCon. They were upset that there wasn’t more (any) alcohol sold at the convention center; Brandon, who was the Tick, said it took a few drinks to get the courage to wear the spandex. Spoon!
It was also interesting to learn a lot of the women cosplayers I interviewed, who were dressed as sexy and powerful characters, were, in their own lives, strong female role models. There was a Black Widow, who was a martial arts instructor, and an Angela (from the Spawn series) who was in the marine corps. The fact that there are beautiful, empowered women out there who see themselves in, and are inspired by, comic book characters gives me hope that any geek guy can find their soulmate.
You know what was really weird? I don’t think I saw a single “Slave Leia.” Instead, this year, there was an army of Black Widows. A friend of mine who attended on Saturday, dressed as BW, said that she felt there were a lot of judgmental stares going on between one Black Widow to the next. Can’t we all just get a long, ladies? Wait…on second thought…let’s have you all wrestle!
What about the dealer floor, you ask? Well, I spent all day Friday scouring the aisles for back issues and a couple key books. Prices were high, but could easily be haggled down. My favorite takes of the day were a Howard the Duck #1 for $10 and Incredible Hulk #271, which features the second (and first canonical) appearance of Rocket Raccoon, for only $30! Dealers everywhere had copies of the Hulk issue for easily over $200; I was just in the right place, at the right time to snag it.
There was so much comic book history on the floor that it was truly a sight to behold. The most impressive display of books was this one from Tomorrow’s Treasures based in New York:
A Batman #1, besides Amazing Fantasy #15 (Spider-Man’s first appearance), Fantastic Four #1, Hulk #1, and a Journey into Mystery #83 (Thor’s first appearance). Notice there’s no price tag on the Amazing Fantasy #15 and Batman #1, which only suggests most could not afford it!
Sharing Tomorrow’s Treasures booth space was Nostalgic Investments, specializing in original comic book art…what instantly grabbed my attention was original cover art to Giant-Size X-Men #1. I peed a little.
All in all it was a weekend of wonder…
I’m happy to have spent my whole weekend there, but I’m also a little happy to be home and away from large crowds.
Did you make it to WonderCon this year? If so, share a story with us in the comments below. And, if you’d like to check out my cosplays interviews be sure to to head on over and subscribe to BoredomBreak’s YouTube channel!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go watch Manos, Hands of Fate and be lulled asleep by Torgo’s haunting theme music…