For this CCC flashback, I pulled out the most memorable anecdotes for my old "Cape and Cowl Crowd" blog, which I wrote exclusively for a few months for The Pop! Shop in Sandusky, Ohio. Enjoy this flashback and my stroll down fanboy memory lane...!
It was my first “con” — the first time I had a attended a comic book convention. What a hoot!
Being at a comic con is sensory overload. There’s just so much cool stuff and people to see it’s like having ADHD. “Yeah, I enjoy reading comics drawn by — Hey! Cool Stormtrooper costume!”
Writing about every experience I had in Lexington, Ky. would take up too much space. In that spirit, here are some of my most memorable moments and anecdotes:
A German-speaking Imperial cosplayer: A young woman dressed in a sharp looking gray Imperial officer’s uniform spoke in German to a member of the Kentucky Star Wars Collectors Club as she passed by his booth. This was the booth right across from "Big Ron" Cooper's and Jamie Stewart's Phat Daddy's comics booths, where I was working that weekend.
Aunt looking for Ant-Man: Since I’m fascinated with what people collect and why, I struck up a short conversation with a middle-aged woman who was looking specifically for comics featuring Ant-Man, at the booth I was manning. She said her nieces and nephews had “assigned” her the character.
Aunt=ant. Get it? Anyway, I think it’s a cool family connection …!
In the "I can't make this up category": Before things got rolling Saturday morning (March 16), I went by the booth of “Shazam!” television star Jackson Bostwick to inquire about a possible interview.
|What a Joker! You can't see is that cosplayer Ellis Howell is giving me bunny ears.|
CARY'S COMICS CRAZE file photo
Needless to say I didn’t go back, but here’s an interesting-yet-odd moment just after this conversation happened. …
A fan was standing behind me as I talked with Bostwick. The guy reached into his backpack and asked, “Will you sign something?”
“Sure, depending on what it is,” Bostwick said. “As long as it’s not porn. Now, if it’s porn I’m in, I’ll sign it.”
I’m still not sure if Bostwick was kidding or not. My gut instinct tells me he was serious.
Kidder gave me a big smile and a gracious “thank you” when we shook hands and I thanked her for the hours of enjoyment those movies have given me over the years.
Jamie, who has an odd sense of humor, told me to ask Kidder if “she’s had any houses talk to her” — a reference to “Amityville Horror.”
A little while later, Kidder gave me a puzzled, blank look when I asked her the question.
“Huh?,” she said.
I told her it was an “Amityville Horror” reference and I didn’t “get it” either since I haven’t seen the horror movie. With that, Kidder realized at least part of what Jamie was talking about and said, “I guess it did.”
“That film made me laugh,” she said. “That film wasn’t scary at all.”
We talked about costuming, interacting with people at conventions and our mutual dislike — to put it nicely — of the New 52 version of Harley. (“She looks like a whore,” Zibart said.)
Zibart generously let me have her picture taken with her and Daniel Kalin, who was cosplaying as The Joker.
I asked if I could stand between them, saying, “Or can anybody really stand between Harley Quinn and Mr. J?” Without missing a beat, Zibart quipped: “Nothing comes between me and my Puddin’.” And she sounded just like Harley Quinn from “Batman: The Animated Series”!
|Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew waits at his booth for fans at the 2013 Lexington|
Comic & Toy Con. This was the rare moment I captured him by himself; his
line was consistently very long.
CARY ASHBY/CARY'S COMIICS CRAZE
And finally: I had one last, albeit brief, celebrity interaction as I broke down the booths for Jamie and his best friend, fellow vintage comic book seller, "Big Ron" Cooper, of Bellevue, Ohio on Sunday.
I looked up from moving long boxes onto a cart and it was none other than Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew, who had been in a booth caddy-corner about 40 feet from Kidder’s. He was being pushed in his wheelchair by an attractive blond woman.
“Good-bye, Mr. Mayhew,” I said as he was rolled right in front of me.
“Bye-bye,” he said pleasantly.