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Saturday, November 24, 2012
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I just got back from a trip to Albany, where I gave a slideshow presentation and fun lecture on the geekish wonder of comics conventions and cosplay at Temple Israel, and I had a blast!
Invited up by my friend Bob Crystal — the older brother of my dear friend and fellow reprobate, Ruthie — I presented a lecture and slideshow of some 120 photos taken at the various cons I've attended over the past five years to the temple's periodic brunch gorp of nearly forty people, and it went over a treat.
Anyway, the whole thing was a hit and I had a terrific time. I hope to do more events like this in the foreseeable future!
Yer Bunche, explaining to an attendee that cosplayers do not necessarily suffer mental disorders that make them believe they are the characters that they portray, nor is their desire to cosplay a drug-induced state of delusion. No, I'm not kidding.
10/14-The last day.
After the SOYLENT GREEN-level crowds of the previous day, things calmed down considerably but it was still pretty crowded for a Sunday, which is usually a "dead" day.
The 2000 AD booth, always the first place I hit on this show's opening day.
Found him! (Talk about a brilliant costume to wear in the midst of tens of thousands of people!)
Xena and the Black Panther.
The Doctor and River Song.
The Jason Todd sisters.
It was a mutual and utterly shameless geek-out.
(L-R) Russ Braun, Phil LaMarr, Anina Bennett, and Paul Guinan.
Not just a gratuitous booty shot: this shows off the back of the costume, plus the fact that Brandy went the distance and included the Aquaman-style fins.
Seriously, it's the seemingly-small details that make for a classic.
A.C. (who certainly appreciates a great costuming effort) with Brandy.
Brandy imparts some of her cosplaying wisdom to a young aspirant.
TRANSMETROPOLITAN's Spider Jerusalem.
Neo versus the Dragon. My money's on the shirtless guy.
The red and green Hulks.
A charming Kitsune.
You're never too young to appreciate Bruce!
Another Tuxedo Mask.
Good versus evil at Hogwarts.
An excellent comics-accurate young Loki.
Tintin (twice) and Captain Haddock.
A whole lotta Doctors.
My beglittered face after it was swathed by none other than Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia herself.
The latest treasure for my autograph collection.
A.C. and the Twins.
Jimmy and the Twins.
With Marvel Bullpen sister Lysa Hawkins.
Amy and Rory.
Amy and Rory take on a passing Dalek.
The awesome Michael Golden.
Shang-Chi, master of kung fu.
Two of the baddest martial artists in American comics.
This Rorschach's mask pattern would change a bit when he breathed.
The Question and Rorscach: basically the same character, only with the latter being a re-jiggered version of the former. (It's a long story from the creation of WATCHMEN back in the 1980's, so I urge you to look it up online since it's a tad too long to go into here.)
Amanda Conner: corrupter of the youth of America.
With Michael Golden.
I may hate He-Man, but I love me some Orko.
I love the DIY aspect of steampunk costuming.
The best of the weekend's several new-look Captain Marvels.
(L-R) Bob Camp, Larry Hama, and Michael Golden.
As the show closes, a few stragglers make their way out of Artist Alley.
After four solid days of fun and geekery, I returned home to tally my swag and mull over the weekend's events. While I had a terrific time, I have to admit that the epic crowds made things quite claustrophobic and difficult to physically navigate through, an aspect that led me to spend nearly the entire weekend in Artist Alley when I would have otherwise explored the full con in more exacting detail. Not that I didn't expect such a state of affairs, especially as geek culture finds more mainstream acceptance with each passing year and that good grace being co-opted by Hollywood and greedy corporations. Shows like this are steadily becoming less and less about the medium they were spawned to celebrate, and that, coupled with the choking crowds, may finally spell my bowing out of the convention scene after being a regular since I was ten years old. I still love the might and majesty of geekdom, but the venues in which it is celebrated is not necessarily for old school folks like me anymore. I have nearly another year in which to make up my mind if I'll attend the next Javits Center show, but I have to admit that during this year's show I seriously contemplated calling it quits after this last round. Check back next year to see what decision is eventually made...
The Thor sketch by Walt Simonson.
The weekend's complete haul. (The large plastic sleeves in the back contain stuff already in my collection and are filled only so the sleeves can be visible.)