Over lunch today, I visited a pop culture convention here in Kansas City called Planet Comicon. The food options, though plentiful, were all some form of fiberless fast food, so I opted for some pizza. Rather then show you the actual pizza, which was sitting sadly in a small box, congealing into a sort of glue that stuck to the white paperboard, I decided to spruce it up a bit. Since I was surrounded by people dressed up in costumes of various characters both well-known and obscure, I figured the pizza needed a little Cosplay as well. Mine was only cheese, so I added pepperoni and placed it on a titanium metal tray one might find on the swankiest of spaceships.
Walking into a Comicon event is like walking onto the set of every movie never made. Though some of the characters appear to echo the ones you know well, you quickly realize that something is a little bit different. For example, most Batman movies would opt for only one Harley Quinn, yet there were no less than 20, of various sizes, roaming around wielding giant hammers. And it was so much fun to watch! The amount of care some of these members of fandom put into their elaborate costumes is truly amazing. It’s a real testament to the power of storytelling and just how compelling characters can connect with people.
I was caught up in my own fandom when I noticed R2-D2 rolling up to me, spinning his head and making those signature beeping sounds like he was talking just to me! My 70’s childhood came flooding back and I was so excited. That was, until I saw yet another one roll up behind him and a third off in the distance. It was the equivalent of seeing more than one Santa in the same place and sort of killed the magic. In the back of the convention was a placed called Celebrity Row where various people who were part of something famous once were sitting signing autographs.
When I turned the corner I saw Lou Ferrigno who played the Incredible Hulk, Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeannie, Hayley Atwell from the Captain America movies I’ve never seen, several more people I’d absolutely never heard of, and finally Peter Mayhew who made an entire career of playing Chewbacca. Unfortunately, George Takei doesn’t arrive until tomorrow as that might have been cool. I guess, in the end, I’m just not a very good fan boy. I love comics and pop culture, but felt like I was crashing someone else’s party. To those who had the fever, I was just this weird dude who didn’t fit in, sitting quietly in a corner, eating pizza out of a box.
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