Oh course as always the Con is a great place to make new friends and re-meet the old. I was chuffed as cheese to shake hooves for the very first time with a man I've only "met" over the internet before now, Terrific Tom Bondurant, blogger extraordinaire for Newsarama and for his own site, Comics Ate My Brain. Tom is neither old nor grumpy, and I was delighted to make his acquaintance; we have a wonderful chat about the "funness" of comics and one of Tom's favorite Justice League of America stories. I also got to meet once again yet another of my favorite Tomsno, not Selleck, but the powerhouse Tom Spurgeon, king of internet daily news, reviews, and commentary with his unparalleled The Comics Reporter. Thanks, Toms!
Of course, it was a totally excellent day to spy some other folk on the Con floor, too: those illustrious, inventive attendees who come in costume! As I said last year, I'm filled with nothing but awe and admiration for these folks who are creative and bold enough to step out into the crowd in their cool and creative outfits. They do get a lot of attention with praise and compliments shouted or called to them, and plenty of requests for photo ops. Working out of the Norton booth for much of the day I wasn't able to follow around many of the costumed folk for best-angle images, but here's a few of the more inventive ones I spied:
Jedis keep peace throughout the galaxy...
...but sometimes even they need the help of an officer from Reno.
Sam and Max, Freelance Police, on the lookout for obsolete cereals like Rice Krinkles....
...while Deadpool is on the hunt for chimichangas.
Justice League Assemble! A very talented group of fans portray the JLA...
...including the fantastic butt of Green Lantern!
(Of course, moments later, Hal was incapacitated when the giant yellow Pikachu display toppled from the ceiling onto his head.)
Ah, but Bully, you ask me, what of WiedlinWatch '07? Have I given up my quest to find and meet the illustrious Jane Wiedlin, Queen o' My Heart? I answer you in words of one syllable (not silly-bull): Heck no! My little button eyes were peeled wide in careful and perpetual scanning for the sprite-like Go-Go, rider of dolphins and the only girl the Go-Gos trust to sit in the convertible while the rest of them are in the store. And you know, if you look hard enough, just like Elvis, Jane Wiedlin is everywhere. I'm pretty certain that was her in Jedi robes cartwheeling down the aisle this morning, lightsaber a-twirling. When I went to get lunch at the Convention Center snack bar was that Jane in front of me, quietly humming "Song of the Factory" and ordering a strawberry smoothie? I'm sure it was. And surely that Dalek wheeling furiously down the hallways, careening wildly, had to be pedaled by Jane...I'm just sure of it. She's always up to something and is perpetually busy, so I've not yet had a chance to meet her and confess my love for her, but there's still plenty of time yet. WiedlinWatch '07 continues unabated!
I am sure of that. I am also as sure that Miss Wiedlin would not at all mind me showing a bit of affection when I met at the Con another subject of my affection, the delightful Miss Gwen Stacy:
Please note that while that cheap floozy Mary Jane Watson retails for $99.99, Gwen Stacy is priceless.
Ah ha! P'raps you've noticed..."Bully!" you exclaim. "You're out of the booth!" And so I was. That's one of the wonderful things about bringing the delightfully enthusiastic Miss Jenn along to help out this year: she's able to spell me while I make excursions of the convention floor. Jenn is having a great time and is filled with wonder and awe at the show. (I'll ask her again after she has done nine or ten of them and see if she feels the same). In the meantime she's having a ball exploring the show and going to panels (she was at the Torchwood one today and reports the show looks great, if you haven't already seen it on the BBC). And she very kindly lets me do the same, so I did have some wonderful moments to explore the floor and catch up on many of the wonders of Comic-Con. Join me, won't you, for some of them?:
Hey look! I'm a Legionnaire!
We miss you, big guy.
Wow, look, Bahlactus was right...Galactus towers over all!
After he gets blasted by Stormtroopers, it is very easy to put Threepio back together...because he's made of Lego!
It's not wise to anger a Wookiee, even one made of Lego.
A Star Wars wall mural made entirely out of Lego. I want to do this at home. I need more bricks.
Oooh! Let me get my change purse!
Empty Lego boxes. It's like the aftermath of the best Christmas ever!
The hall of Artsy Darths!
Jabba says I can have a three week contract replacing Sny Snootles!.
This is my favorite photograph of the day. Sometimes things just work out nice 'n' artsy.
Tons 'n' tons of Totoros. Totori?
Hi, Spidey! I liked your movie.
The DC Comics Booth is so big, it requires its own map.
Do you have Tales to Astonish #39?
Hey, I have a dollar!
This is what you should do with your action figures: open 'em up an' play with 'em.
Everybody is peering into display cases all over this show!
This guy promised to help me with any extermination problems I might have. Thanks, Bob the Dalek!
The ultra-violet neony Sci-Fi Channel booth. I feel like I'm trippin'!
Funny, it looks bigger on TV.
Crates and cases of Commander Cody.
I even discovered the Yellow Brick Road! Oh wait, it's advertising something.
This one's for my pal Eric.
Next time that pesky bunny tries to knock down my Lego city, I have the perfect weapon to set against him: a small version of my new pal Bob the Dalek! Ha! Take that, bunny!
I also finally picked up something I saw and drooled over in London and regretted not buying ever since: the Doctor Who TARDIS USB computer hub! The TARDIS light flashes and it makes that wonderful grinding whoosh...whoosh...whoosh sound as it works. Do not scribble "Bad Wolf" on the side of my USB hub, bunny!
But by far the item I was most excited and happy to buy at the Con was the special R2-KT action figure from Hasbro. R2-KT was created in and built in honor of young Star Wars fan Katie Johnson, who died of brain cancer at the age of 7 in 2005. Proceeds from sale of the figure help support the Make-a-Wish Foundation. It's a wonderful cause, a great figure, and it's ultra-pink but not just for girls only! I also got to meet the full-size R2-KT, and she put a little tear in my button eyes...