I’ve been going to ComicConn for 4 years now and Thursdays were a sacred exclusive day for professionals. They had massive giveaways of anything you could think of from comics, tv shows, books, movies, and video games. There was once a dumpster the size of a small living room filled with bags of free things. People were jumping inside! It was insane and it was wonderful. This year, the professionals were the minority and giveaways came with a purchase of something. It was LAME. In the giveaway sense… so the mood was shot. The excitement was about that of people window shopping at a mall. There wasn’t anything cutting edge (sans the How to Train Your Dragon – Oculus game).
A big plus were the graphic novel heavy hitters greeting their adoring fans. All thanks to image comics, I ADORE YOU IMAGE! Us civilians were able to meet Brian K. Vaughan of Y the Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways, Lost , and Saga, Nick Spencer of Morning Glories and Thief of Thieves, and current “It Girl” Robert Kirkman of The Walking Dead. I met Spencer and razzed him a bit about where the Morning Glories plot is going. He assures me, with Joe Eisma at his side, that the entire story line is plotted out and it is “going as planned”. Mmmhmm. Joe and Nick make a handsome pair.
The next person I met was Brian K. Vaughan. What a pleasure. He is kind, genuine, grateful of admiration, and he seemed very empathetic. We hugged! I told him how Y the Last Man reignited my passion for reading and helped me decide to become a librarian. He is a great active listener and it meant so much to me. You can see me beaming in the photo and you know what else you can see in the photo? His eyes. You can tell Vaughan takes everything in and however it processes in his brain turns into pure genius on the page. Meeting Vaughan is humbling because he is clearly at another level.
I was so star struck that I forgot to ask the big questions:
-Is 355’s name peace?
-Was your wife the inspiration for Alana nursing on the front cover? (Thank you for that cover! It glorifies all the hard work of nursing my baby boy. She looks like a superhero with her baby in one arm feeding him without any shame.)
Then I met Hodor. Game of Thrones’ lovable giant, who is probably Groot’s cousin.
The whole process of the Photo Opt at comic conn was awful. First, you pay ahead of time online or at a cash register. Unfortunately, it feels so wrong almost like paying for a friend. When it is time to line up it’s noticeable how other actors don’t have as many people in their line. I fought the urge to join Podrick’s line. I kept saying to myself, he is an adult, he’ll be fine (I couldn’t help wondering how I would feel if it were me). NYCC Staff led my line to a narrow hallway made of black curtains. My barcode is scanned and I was hastily corralled into an ominous curtain hallway. After a few confused (albeit, slightly frightened moments) pulled into a small black room made of curtains. Sitting inside is my new friend Hodor that purchased I a few minutes with, a camera, and someone behind it shouting, “Look into the camera.” There is a very loud flash accompanied by someone shouting, go, go, go! I had a sudden realization that I didn’t even buy minutes (as dirty as that felt) but seconds. It was paralyzing calculating that I paid $4 a second. The person ahead of me was herded out and then I felt verbally shoved towards my paid for celebrity friend. Now mind you, I only ever heard Hodor say, Hodor. Kristian Nairn (Hodor) turned to me and said, Hi, how are you? I almost went cross eyed. Again I had to remind myself I’m MEETING a PERSON. I’m not taking a picture with a cardboard cutout. I answered him and said I was fine but I showed concern that he might be tired from all of the chaos (I was projecting). Oh, no! He reassured me. I’m feeling great. So I turned to the camera smiled and wished him, a good day.
As they day was winding down my mother called me, George Clooney is there! Ummm? I asked a few people and they were truly puzzled. Not a soul around me knew if he was there let alone cared if he was. I said, I don’t think so Mom. Hung up and went home.