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Greetings Fellow Gaming Fans!

 

Jackson had it’s third annual Comic, Anime, Toy Show and I was able to make it out on Sunday for some fun times! Jackson, TN isn’t a small town, so I was expecting to see a huge crowd, even with Gen Con being this weekend – but – I was very disappointed to see such a small amount of people. I would be very surprised if the numbers were over 150. For a city the size of Jackson, TN – that’s ridiculous. There should have been 500 or more for each day this weekend. I have to say that I’m very, very disappointed in the low turnout and Jackson residents should be more supportive of these types of events.

Now, that aside, I was not disappointed with the vendors that were present. There were not as many as I expected, but there were enough and there was a decent variety. I want to use this article to promote the ones that took the time to listen to my ramblings and speak with me.

Artists
Kelly Williams

I was so very disappointed that I didn’t get a chance to meet this artist when he was at the Dyersburg Comic and Pop Culture Con. I was only able to stray from my FLGS booth a few times and he was either away or working very diligently. I’m not one to interrupt someone that’s working, if I can help it. He does the most amazing horror artwork and the horror genre is my love! I’m a huge fan of Robert Englund, who portrays Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. My love of theatrical makeup, special effects, and cosplay all has foundations that began with the first Nightmare on Elm Street movie. But, Kelly Williams was here and I finally got my chance!

I opened my binder of blank sketch cards and I told him that I adore his horror work and if he wanted to pick a character and turn it into a horror version of that character, to go for it! If he didn’t feel like it, I told him to choose any character that he wanted to illustrate and have at it. He chose Storm because he really likes Morlock Storm with the Mohawk. That’s my favorite version of Storm – ever! It’s like it was meant to be and it wouldn’t have happened at Dyersburg since the Storm sketch card came out long after our local convention.

The art is breathtaking and I love it so much!

KellyWilliamsStorm

KWStorm

This guy is not only a talented artist, but he’s super cool to talk to. If you have a chance to meet him, go for it! I know we all love our comic characters, but it’s nice to show some love to those that bring those characters to life. Follow him on Twitter at Kelly Williams, man, or check out his website here. You can find a link to contact him about commissions on his site.

Thanks again, Mr. Kelly Williams! You are too awesome and it was an honor to finally meet you!

Venetian Eve

This lady was very nice and helpful. She loves to draw anime characters, Disney characters, and comic book characters, so she’s definitely in the right crowd! She’s got some super cute art and I found a picture that I just had to get for a friend.

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You can find her on Facebook here, and Instagram here. She’s got a wide variety of characters and I almost bought a Ninja Turtles picture for myself, but I had to pass on it for now. Hopefully I’ll see her at a convention in the future and if not, it’s one I’d like to order. We didn’t get to chat long, but I enjoyed our short conversation.

Cosplay Folks
Robin Burks

This wonderful lady is an author and cosplayer. She was a delight to talk to and I hope to cross paths with her again. She’s done some really cool cosplays, two of which I’ve seen in person. I didn’t know it at the time, but the Golden Age Wonder Woman from the Superman Celebration was her!

Cosplay Wonder Woman

When I saw her at the convention today, I had a chance to tell her that I really liked her Wonder Woman. I didn’t get a chance to speak to her in all the hustle and bustle of the Superman Celebration so it was nice to have that opportunity now. She was cosplaying as Ursula from The Little Mermaid and I thought it was fantastic!

Robin Burks Ursula

Robin Burks is the author of several futuristic mystery novels that I have yet to get my hands on. I have them on my list of books to read and I hope I can get to them soon! Robin was super sweet and outgoing in our conversation and I hope to have more conversations with her in the future. You can find her Facebook page here, and her Twitter page here.

Thank you for the conversation and hope to bump into you again!

Guests of Gotham

These ladies were super awesome and really fun to talk to! They’re part of Guests of Gotham.

Guests of Gotham

They were both really sweet and I had great conversations with both of them about cosplay. They directed me to other folks that could help with other questions I had that they weren’t sure about. I enjoyed talking to them and hope to see them and more of the folks from Guests of Gotham!

Tennessee Ghostbusters

I got to spend a little bit of time talking to several of these folks about different fabrication techniques. They make all their gear and it all lights up, makes sounds, and some of it even has motion!

TN Ghostbusters

One of the traps they had on display would shake and rock when the ghost was trying to escape. This bunch of folks are really talented and very willing to help with cosplay ideas. You can find their Facebook page, here.

They were a fun bunch to talk to and I love all of their gadgets and gizmos. The pack that the gentleman on the left is wearing is actually really big and plays various music from the movies, as well as lights up and makes awesome sounds! If you have a chance to meet them, go for it!

Crafts
Cloud’s Armory

I didn’t take pictures of their towers or other nifty little items – and I wish I had. But you can see their items on their site, here. I like the style of their towers and I love that they can personalize them too. I’m always on the lookout for accessories to enhance the various games I play, and I’m always looking for those affordable accessories too. I’ve looked at Wyrmwood before, but they seem a little on the pricey side. I understand why – because they use crazy materials. But really, all I want is a functional tower that’s easy to transport. Their towers look interesting, unique, and they’re solid. They use pegs and bumpers to help randomize the dice and the center pulls out from the top, just in case you need to get inside the tower.

Be sure to take a look at their towers and other cool things on their site. I know some of you play Dungeons and Dragons and they have some other really awesome accessories you might want to see!

Goodies

We don’t usually spend a lot of money at conventions. I like to network and meet people so that I can write about it and help them reach various audiences. But occasionally, I will find some things that I can’t let slip away.

STDS9 Figs

I had all the Star Trek figures from the 90’s, because I love Star Trek! But over the years, they have either been stolen, lost, or destroyed by vindictive ex-boyfriends/husband. I’ve been slowly replacing them and I was lucky enough to come across these two Deep Space Nine figures for only $5 each – on sale. Sometimes, hitting a convention on the last day is the best time to go!

Mini DDK found a Minions watch for $2 and I couldn’t let that slip by either. She loves Minions! I like them too, but that’s her favorite thing right now.

My main reason for wanting to go to the convention was to meet Jackson Bostwick. He portrayed Captain Marvel in the Shazam! TV series from the 70’s. I may not have been around to see it air on TV, but I was there for the reruns on cable. Just like the Wonder Woman series with Lynda Carter and the original Batman series with Adam West and Burt Ward, Shazam! taught me lessons about life and how to be a good person. It was a great honor to meet Mr. Bostwick and he was a pleasure to talk to.

JacksonBostwickShazam

The last item I made off with wasn’t a purchase that I made. A family friend that happened to be at the same convention found a copy of a comic book that they knew I had lost many years ago (one of those mean folks I mentioned earlier).

Gift

They bought this for me, knowing I needed it. It’s the first appearance of Ben Reilly as Peter Parker’s clone. I know it’s also the origin story of Jackal, but I care way more about the Ben Reilly connection. I really want to rebuild my Scarlet Spider books before trying to rebuild the enormous run of Amazing Spider-Man that was lost. I can’t thank them enough and I would name them, but I have a pretty good idea that they want to stay anonymous – and I respect that. I was super excited when they gave this to me! I’m one step closer to regaining my lost treasures, thanks to them!

Closing

While the size of the crowd was disappointing, I still had fun. I enjoyed myself with my family and friends and I made new contacts. Sometimes, it’s not the quantity, but the quality that truly matters. But then again, for events like this, they really need larger crowds to help vendors offset their expenses. I hope all the vendors, artists, and guests were able to do that, despite the low turnout. And in the future, I hope that the city of Jackson, Tennessee will come out in full support of this event or events like it. We had decided at the very last minute to go and I’m very glad we were able to attend.

Mr. DDK and I even made the local news, briefly, on WBBJ 7.

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Greetings Fellow WizKids Fans!

 

I know that many of the HeroClix and Dice Masters players out there are also fans of the superheroes that are represented in those two amazing games. If you’re following me on Twitter, Instagram, or both, then you’ll see lots of crossover content; everything from my weekly comic book haul and cosplay pictures all the way up to celebrity meet and greet photos. On occasion, I find the need to write an article about my experiences whether they’re good, bad, or both.

This past weekend was the 39th annual Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois.

Program Cover

2017 marks the 45th year that Metropolis, IL has been designated as the adopted “Home of Superman.”About Us on the Superman Celebration website.

Metropolis is almost two hours from my home in Tennessee, and since we knew we couldn’t attend Origins this year, we thought we’d take a one day road trip to visit Metropolis to experience the celebration, and hopefully get to meet Dean Cain (best Superman in history – in my opinion). There was a nice line up of artists that were scheduled to attend, as well as a few other big stars of Superman related media, such as Margot Kidder (Lois Lane) and Sarah Douglas (Ursa) from the classic Christopher Reeve Superman movies.

The Superman Celebration allows for free entry into the celebration, but many of the attractions will cost you a little bit. The Superman Museum has a $5 entry fee, which I didn’t do this year due to time constraints. I want to be able to look at everything and enjoy all of the museum and not rush through it. I have plans to venture into it next year!

There are lots of food trucks that line the streets along with many outdoor vendors. I saw several of the shops that are located on Market Street had their doors open and signs on to attract some of the celebration attendees. There are plenty of things to do besides shops and food. There were lots of free panels with the artists and celebrity guests that you could attend. There were costume contests, inflatable playgrounds, and so much more! There was even a fair offsite that was there for the celebration.

But our day started out long before any of the vendors or attractions were open. We left home at 3:00 am, because there were going to be free tickets to meet Dean Cain handed out at 7:00 am. We really wanted to be sure we gave ourselves a good chance to get at least one ticket. Leaving that early got us there at 5:00 am, and put us in line behind roughly 50 other folks. We were very fortunate to have gotten there when we did, because shortly after, lots of folks started rolling in. At 7:00 am, they started handing out the tickets and all five of us got into the same session time!

Tickets

Once the tickets were acquired, we took Market Street to browse the booths! But none were open… I think that’s my only complaint. They scheduled a ticket handout at 7:00 am and nothing was opening until 9:00 or 10:00 am. We all just sat around together for about two hours, taking a few pictures of the local scenery, until the gift shop opened up.

The street began to bustle with cosplayers and celebration-goers somewhere around 9:00 am. Hannah and I were darting off at every opportunity to snap pictures of cosplayers. Not all of the pictures below were taken early in the morning, but these were most of the cosplayers that I had a chance to see. A few pictures were taken by North or Hannah – which I’ll note.

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Once we were able to grab some of that awesome carnival style food, we headed to Artist Alley around 10:00 am. The artists were happy to sign the program book for free and many artists were signing several books for free too. I even saw a few giving out some quick sketches!

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And speaking of sketches, I knew that Mr. Todd Aaron Smith didn’t work on Batman Beyond, but I still wanted him to do a sketch on my blank Terry McGinnis card.

Todd Aaron Smith Sketch

I’ve heard more than my fair share of artists say that these cards are not easy to sketch on. I hate asking for sketches knowing the difficulty they face with the gloss finish on the cards. WizKids – this definitely needs to be fixed so that the artists can do sketches they’re proud of. I love that he was able to get some pencil work on the card and I love that he did the Bat shadow. It feels like he’s watching over Terry!

There was a large building that they called the ‘Super Con’ on Market Street, around the corner from Artist Alley and down from Thor’s Gym (yes, there is a gym there called Thor’s Gym). There were lots of vendors with lots of awesome goodies for sale. There were comics, collectibles, toys, Pops, memorabilia, gaming items, and so much more! It was such a great place to browse and I didn’t get to spend near as much time in there as I wanted to.

The official Superman of Metropolis had just finished with his photos at the statue around 11:00 am, but I was lucky enough to catch him for a quick shot before he left.

Metropolis Official SupermanMetropolis Superman

Around 11:15 am, Dean Cain was going to be at the Superman statue for folks to take pictures. This was one of the many free events taking place. We rushed over a little before 11:00 am, just to be sure we got a good spot. There were some timing issues, from what I was told and Dean Cain didn’t make it to the statue until about 11:45 am. Thankfully, the temperature wasn’t too high, but being in the sun without shade was brutal. But he made it up to the statue and posed and chatted with fans for a few minutes before heading to his Q&A.

We walked around for a little while longer, trying to see as much as we could, take what photos we could, and just taking in everything before we needed to head over to the Dean Cain signing. We ventured back to Artist Alley to finish collecting some of the autographs that I showed earlier, and found ourselves in some pretty long lines. I had planned to talk to Gwenda Bond again and purchase some books, but I was only able to get those few autographs I still needed before we needed to head down to the Baymont Theater to meet Dean Cain.

I searched all over north west Tennessee for a copy – any copy – of her Lois Lane books. Since I began writing my blog, I’ve become more appreciative of the character, Lois Lane. I used to not like her at all, but that was before I truly understood her. Many of us are lucky to have an role model or idol fall into our laps at an early age. I had Helen Slater as Supergirl and Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman to admire and idolize. They helped me grow into the person I am today. But since I found a side of myself that I didn’t know was there in journalistic type writing,  I wanted something else – and I found it in Lois Lane. But because I wasn’t able to make it back to see Gwenda Bond again, I had to take my search to Amazon. I did secure a paperback copy of Fallout, the first in the Lois Lane series, and I patiently await its arrival.

It’s definitely a good thing that we left early for the Baymont. It’s was an offsite location for Dean Cain and James Marsters to do their signing and table photos in a large, air conditioned atmosphere. There were already folks there lining up at 1:45 pm. The line moved rather quickly, even though he was taking time to talk to folks and interact with them in a personal fashion. I’ve been to several celebrity signings in my day, and hiss appreciation of his fans shows. We paid for our autograph and we got to choose a print from the huge selection that was available. I even got to snap a photo with one of his assistant folks that was dressed as Supergirl.

Cosplay Evil Supergirl and Supergirl

When we approached the table, Dean Cain was very outgoing and polite. He asked our names instead of just reading them off of the paper they handed him, and made quick, but meaningful conversation with us. I apologized for the little one being asleep and that I wish she hadn’t passed out so quick. I got to tell him how I always ‘knew’ when it was time for Lois and Clark to come on the TV (no DVR back then!) and I would make a break for the living room to watch it. And now my little one, no matter where she is in the house, if she hears the theme music start up, she comes running for the TV. He thought that was incredible and told us to take a picture of them together. He signed our print and then knelt down next to her stroller and gave us a picture for her to see later.

Dean Cain AutographDean Cain with the little one

I asked for a hug and when he gave me a hug, I couldn’t hold back the waterworks. I started crying! I had done so well until that point, too. I cried my eyes out when I met my hero, Robert Englund. I didn’t cry when I met Robin Lord Taylor, Sean Pertwee, David Mazouz, John de Lancie, or Rory McCann. I did cry when I spoke to Michael Cudlitz about my friend that I was getting his autograph for, but that’s a special circumstance. I also cried when I met artist Ed Beard Jr. but it’s because of his art that I’m a gamer.

But I thought I would hold it together better, but when I meet someone who helped shape my childhood and some of my best memories, I tend to get a little emotional. He hugged me again when he saw I started crying and didn’t let me walk off until he knew I was okay. This will go down as one of the best moments in my celebrity greeting memories.

After our adventure with one of the greatest Superman actors of my lifetime, we headed to the vehicle and began the trek home. If we weren’t so exhausted from having to leave so early, we probably would have stayed longer. I think we’re going to try for VIP tickets next year, depending on who the guests are of course. I want to spend more time there next year as well. It was so worth the trip and I can’t wait for next year! We also get to go to Origins the week after the Superman Celebration next year (hopefully!).

The trip cost us a half tank of gas, $50 for an autograph, $5 for some cute buttons, and $8 in food. Not bad for so many memories if you ask me!

Taken any cool trips recently?
Have you met any actors/artists/writers/etc?
Leave me a comment and let me know about your experiences!

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