My day today was very different from Day 1 as I actually spent time with people I knew.
|Okay, technically, I don't "know" Captain Marvel|
At the Con I met up with Corpsman MattA. MattA and I go way, way, waaaaaaaay back. He informed me I was responsible for his first purchase of a comic circa 5th grade when we were both reading West Coast Avengers (I know, I know). Anyway, I hadn't seen Matt since 1990 when I moved from Austin to the Houston area. This was all pre-email and whatnot, so, younger readers, it used to be possible to lose track of people.
|...Seriously, had not seen the dude in 20 years. Comics, bringing geeks together.|
Anyhow, Matt had brought his daughter, who was terribly sweet, and we all sought out R2-D2 together. (There was a full-sized R2-D2 replica driven by remote control. It had all sorts of moving parts and was may as well have been the one used in the movies. Just great detail.).
|a semi-anonymous child, R2D2, MattA's loud shirt and Jason's leg and sandal|
The floor was busier today, and it seemed like the dealers had gotten a little more serious with their inventory since Friday as some (not even most) of the booths looked like they had new and more stuff out. I spent far less time today around the autograph tables just gawking, mainly because I'd already fulfilled my primary objective of obtaining Ms. Gray's autograph.
It definitely seemed like there were more people in costume and far more kids, something I hope the vendors alter the show for next year. If kids are going show up, it seems like vendors could better cater to the little miscreants.
|And then, suddenly... Phil!|
I picked up 3 prints from an artist named Terry Huddleston. He has something of a cartoony, almost Jeff Smith-ish style that I really dug. So I now have pics of Superman, Wonder Woman and The Atom that I'm going to have to figure out where to hang.
In addition to the Jimmy Olsen and Superman back issues I found on Friday, today I found a copy of The Great Superman Book. Its not exactly the holy grail of Superman collecting, but I'd never seen a copy of the book before (its basically a big Superman reference book from back in the day).
|Cosmic Boy must have used his Legion Time Bubble to bring 80's black-suit Spidey to 2010|
And... local Austin artist Tim Doyle was in attendance with his own work and the guys working with Intergalactic Nemesis, a sort of comics/ live-action/ multi-media project. I really want to get some of Doyle's work, but I can never figure out where it could go...
I was stunned to learn that JackBart knows nothing about Jack Kirby's New Gods series, and so he was a bit baffled when this happened.
|Despite what Jason and Jack believed, this guy is actually not just a crazy hobo|
If I had one beef, its that the stars of the show, Burt Ward and Adam West, were mostly available yesterday in what was officially dubbed "Batman and Robin Day" by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell. Its not the fault of anyone but myself for not paying attention to the signing schedule, and, of course, I chose not to attend yesterday.
I'd lie if I said that the Con isn't good people watching. It is, indeed, generally a good time seeing people in a good mood doing their thing, whether its looking for comics, meeting celebrities or dressing up in a convincing Catwoman suit. And, sincerely, whether you're into comics or not, there are worse ways to kill a few hours on a Sunday.
The local CBS affiliate did some stories and interviews on Comic Con.
- KEYE visits Austin Books in anticipation of Austin Comic Con (aka: Brandon patiently deals with insane local reporters)
- KEYE interviews Gil Gerard and Erin Gray
- KEYE's reporter with the eye-lift interviews Adam West (what a swell guy)