Comic Convention

How I Met The Doctor (Oh, And St. Louis Comic Con)

Wizard World Comic Con returned to St. Louis this past weekend with a vengeance. It was an awesome celebration of all things nerdy. Attendance was high as were my spirits as I stepped onto the convention floor. It was total sensory overload from the retail tables to the cosplay. Several local vendors were on hand with comics, graphic novels, collectibles and all the nerdy things that I love.

The first place I stopped on my journey through the sea of people was the artist alley as they called it. This was where all the creator booths were set up. I had taken with me several things to get signed by some of my favorite artists that were present. Most notably Greg Capullo for which I hade taken three new 52 Batman comics to get signed. Approaching Greg I have to say he has the look of someone you would see at a rock concert rather than a comic convention. Next, I stopped by Ethan Van Sciver's table with a few comics. He seemed like a very down to earth guy who wanted to be there more than I did. Finally, I had some things for Salvador Larocca to deface. I dug deep into the comic collection and found my copy of Heroes Reborn: The Return #1 for which Salvador did the art. His reaction upon seeing a comic he had done back in 1997 was hilarious. He laughed and told me that I was the only one who bothered to buy this book. Upon telling him I liked it quite a bit when I was a teenager he reacted by saying I was definitely the only one who liked it. We both shared a good nostalgic laugh. With my signature time done it was time to move on to what was easily the highlight of the day for me.

Over the loud speaker at the convention hall came an announcement that informed me that Matt Smith (The Doctor) was signing at his booth and their was no line. The fanboy in me drove me to migrate over to where this was happening just to get a look at the man. Once I arrived there though that same fanboy in me was pushing me to spend the hundred dollars necessary to get closer to that man. I did not have the funds necessary to make this dream a reality. Luckily for me a wonderful woman who loves me very much could not let me walk away without meeting one of my personal heroes. I do not usually get nervous meeting celebrities but this was the doctor. While waiting in line I had mentally prepared so many things that I was going to say and as I approached Matt Smith all of those things were lost to me. When I finally did make it to the front of the line he greeted me with that smooth British accent we have come to know and love as fans. As nervous as I was all I managed to say was "you're awesome" to which he graciously thanked me for saying. I shook his hand and then it was over. In closing I just want to make it clear that the saying never meet your heroes does not apply to me. All in all it was a great show and I look forward to going back next year to make more of my nerd fantasies a reality.

Special thanks to Mike Brodeur, The Fantasy Shop, and my beautiful girlfriend Corrie for helping me to fulfill a dream. 



A Saint Louis Comic Convention?

I know right? Saint Louis is not necessarily known for it's Comic Conventions. "Comic Shows"? Sure. If you want a bunch of guys looking to sell off back issues in a Ramada Inn ballroom or Union Hall on a random Saturday or Sunday then look no further! Saint Louis is bursting at the seams with those. But actual Comic Conventions with a guest list and a schedule of panel discussions ... those haven't been really part of the Saint Louis landscape for quite some time. 

Until last year.

It was a fairly inconspicuous debut. The kind of thing that we've seen go off a few times in the past (Red K One Day and Royalfest being the most recent examples) but there was a buzz in the air and a kind of enthusiasm at the first Project Comic Con last June. And I was there to witness it. Fantasy Shop had a table at the show and with the aid of fellow ComicDorksCast host Darren Orf and Maplewood Manager Sean Hook we watched as a pretty impressive crowd wandered in through the doors to see the likes of Ale Garza, Joe Benitez, Chris Samnee, Billy Tan, & Kevin Mellon as well as a slew of vendors selling everything from dollar back issues to role playing material. It was a pretty darn good time had by all and I remember thinking: "Now let's see if they can do it again next year."

And they are.

That's right! Project Comic Con 2 is this coming weekend (9/18 & 9/19) and not only are they doing the convention again this year but they have upgraded to a 2 day show and have a bigger venue. The show will be from 9am til 6pm on Saturday and 12 noon til 5pm on Sunday. And growth like that always seems pretty promising. The guest list is pretty impressive and The Fantasy Shop will be in attendance as well.

Fantasy Shop will be at table B3 and will be doing HOURLY raffles all weekend! That's right, we'll be raffling off awesome variant covers and other awesome material (maybe even a statue or 2) through out the weekend. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 a piece or $5 for 6 tickets. Also every attendee will be given a free raffle ticket with entry. So come by the table and press your luck!

The Guest List can be found HERE and includes some pretty awesome names including some local greats. Chief among the big draws are going to be Patrick Gleason (Current artist on Brightest Day and soon to be ongoing artist on Batman & Robin & more), Ryan Ottley (Artist of Invincible, Haunt, and perhaps most importantly Grizzly Shark), Jamal Igle (Artist of Supergirl and upcoming artist on Birds of Prey & more), Gail Simone (Writer of Secret Six, Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey, & Welcome to Tranquility), Howard Chaykin (all around Comics Legend and writer artist of American Flagg! & Blackhawk writer of Fafhrd & The Grey Mouser, Batman: Thrillkiller, Bite Club, Son of Superman, & more), Ethan Van Sciver (Artist of Green Lantern: Rebirth, Flash: Rebirth & more), as well as Adam Kubert (Saturday Only). Also there are some great Missouri creators who will be in attendance at the show: Matt KindtBrian HurttCullen BunnKevin Mellon, Jeremy Haun, Rick Burchett, and that's not even all the creators who will be in attendance!

So make sure to be there, and make sure to get into one of the raffles ... cause who knows what you might win!