Boston Comic Con, mentioned in the Oct 1 post below, was the first of a 7-show, back to back run. That's why I've been absent from posting here recently.
I followed Boston with Terrificon and as usual, it lived up to its name. Another terrific weekend at the Mohegan Sun Casino this year. Next year it should be at least twice as terrific! The casino is building a larger, state of the art convention center which is scheduled to be ready for the 2018 Terrificon. A good thing because it's definitely outgrowing the existing hall. I'm concerned though because Mitch and Spencer worked themselves sick making this year's show awesome. I don't want to think what doubling or tripling the size might do to them!?!? If you haven't tried this one on for size yet, make sure to get tickets next year for the bigger and even more terrific TERRIFICON!
In other Terrificon news, Carlos Santana was playing at the Mohegan Sun Arena that Saturday night. The same four amigos (Michael Golden, Renee Witterstaetter, Arthur Suydam, and me) who couldn't resist getting tickets to the Cirque du Soleil, Beatles "Love" performance in Vegas, couldn't resist getting tickets for Santana at the Mohegan Sun Casino. A flashback of almost 50 yrs for me since I was a big fan of Santana's self-titled debut album in 1969, and saw him live many times in those early years. Here's a then and now...
The highlight of the Colorado Springs Comic Con was meeting Jon Bernthal (see the pic at the top of this post). Another highlight was how well-run and well-attended it was. Congrats to the crew for their biggest, 'bestest' show to date.
It was my first time at the BIG show in Toronto. Fan Expo Canada is said to be the third largest show in North America and I have no trouble believing it. Quite well organized for its size though. I've been on something of a Fan Expo tour this year so I feel pretty much 'at home' at their events. Every one a success for Fan Expo and fans alike, and I personally enjoyed each one as well. Enjoyed them enough that I think I'll wrap up my travel in 2017 by joining them in Vancouver! A couple of pics from the BIG show below...
Another first for me this year was the Rose City Comic Con which I've wanted to do for a while. I like the city of Portland and I like a show that still caters to comics fans when they put together a guest list, so this event was a natural. Thanks, Ron, for being accommodating and congrats on another success.
A special Rose City moment was meeting the GI Joe (A Real American Hero) Costume Club members who presented me with a framed honorary club membership and patch. I've now joined Larry Hama and Michael Golden with that honor, so I'm in good company. A big "thanks" and a "nice meeting you" to the members of the costume club! (Pic below)
Tried the AVC "Louisiana Comic Con" out for the first time too. Southern hospitality is alive and well in Lafayette! Staff and crew and everyone through the doors were incredibly nice. AVC is obviously interested in creating "family" events. I think the percentage of families at this show is probably higher than any other I've attended. Glad to be a part of it and glad that Victoria came along to lend a hand and take a few pics. A sampling below...
Wrapped up the 7-show tour with another of the largest shows in North America,.. Salt Lake City Con. And again, my first time there. That resulted in Renee and me staying really busy during the entire show, and hours were long. No complaints though. It's better than the alternative. Super big convention center, over a hundred thousand folks enjoying themselves, and yet somehow well-organized. Nicely done, Ryan and crew!