This last article about the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con will talk of lessons learned about the entire fun and exhausting process and about some of the wonderful people met, both in costume and not. It will also feature a few more photos from the three-day event.
Over 800 pictures were snapped, even more by the paper’s photographer, and a shameful amount of selfies were taken as well. Of course they were. How else can one participate in this millenia’s version of name dropping? This first time jaunt into the world of video game/film characters, anime, manga, comic books, cosplay and panels, which talked about all the above, was incredibly exciting.
It was also very addictive.
Lesson number one: Comic Con, at least in Las Vegas, is non-violent, family oriented and good, “clean” fun. If that is hard to believe just look at the other “event” held in Vegas this past weekend. The Electric Daisy Carnival features a lot of electronic music, celebs…and injuries. This year also featured a man’s death. Not really what many would call family fun, unless they were members of the Manson Family.
Comic Cons in general are getting bigger and more “commercial.” Not my thoughts at all, but a statement made by a few participants at the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con over the weekend. Another part of lesson one is that San Diego’s Comic Con, which can be classed as the “Woodstock of Cons” sans naked hippies, has gotten almost too big. It is now, according to those “in the know,” much harder to meet the people you idolize in the business.
Lesson number two: The smaller Comic Cons are that little bit more personal. Of course the Las Vegas convention is in its second year so it still has that intimate feel. The more experienced members of the cosplay community stated emphatically that this year’s Con was set up much better than the first one last year. Although the previous year did have the icon that is Stan “The Man” Lee, aka the #Generalissimo as a guest. This year’s, however, was not too shabby since it was the legendary Jim Lee who filled the bill as special guest.
Lesson number three: Everyone at the Comic Con agreed that one is never too old to participate in cosplay. From Jessica Merizan and Holly Conrad to the Winner Twins; as well as Alana Rose and Keaghlan Ashley amongst others, all stated emphatically that age is not an issue in the world of dressing up as your favorite character from the world of fiction.
Lesson number four: Literally anyone can turn up at a Comic Con. While covering the three day event and meeting all the fantastic folks there, a very helpful chap tipped me off to a photo opportunity. It turned out to be Rampage Jackson. This towering chap not only posed for three pictures, but he also allowed the author to take a “selfie” with him.
*Jackson also, very helpfully, revealed an intricacy of the iPhone that had not yet been mastered by this reporter which made it much easier, and faster, to take said photo. What a genuinely nice fellow.*
Of course this last article of the Comic Con has to reflect the people who attended. Not just the well known celebs of the cosplay world but all the devotees of this wonderful world of imagination, passion and fun. These fans who spend time and money to recreate their favorite characters.
Of course there were celebs there Sylvester McCoy, for instance, was at a booth battered panama hat included. The former Dr Who had a minder with him at the table and one could get a selfie with the Hobbit actor for $20. This monetary amount also got him to open up a bit about what he is working on next, either that or boredom took over. He mentioned a stage play and a film in
One other thing of note at this year’s Comic Con was the inclusion of not just one, but two 3D printers. This was the first time that this reporter had seen these marvels in “real life.” Amazingly, both were actively printing 3D items out in front of the crowd.
Scattered throughout this last article on the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con are more pictures of those who threw caution to the wind and listened to their passion. Lessons were learned from those who were willing to talk about cosplay and the people met, overall, had to be some of the friendliest in the world. As you read this recounting of a great weekend, see if there is anyone you recognise in the photos.
By Michael Smith