The recent ComiCONN in Stamford, Connecticut goes to show that you can’t keep geeks down. Despite an impending hurricane, the show still went on and the geeks came out to enjoy it. The only thing that the bad weather did scare off was the 1960’s Batmobile. Still, it’s a legend, it has a right to pull the diva card every now and then.
The show however was a success. There were many vendors and a handful of wonderful guests. On hand were artists Michael Golden, Matt Busch, Mark McKenna and many more. Bill Diamond who has worked with Jim Henson on projects such as ‘The Dark Crystal’ and ‘Labyrinth’ was also on deck. Another neat sight to see were the life size statues of Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Boris Karloff as Frankenstein brought by the Witch’s Dungeon, a classic film museum in Connecticut. There was also Michael J. Citak who plays three different zombies in the movie ‘Remains’.
There was a definite Star Wars theme as well. Of course when Luke’s Landspeeder is there, R2-D2 is making the rounds and Anthony Forrest is having a meet and greet what else could anyone expect? If you wanted to fight back the Empire there was even the local chapter of the Rebel Alliance looking for new members. For those of you unfamiliar with the name, you do know which part Anthony Forrest played in the Star Wars saga. In the original trilogy Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Anthony Forrest was the Storm Trooper that stopped Luke and Obi Wan at Mos Eisley. Remember the scene?
“These are not the droids you are looking for.”
“These aren’t the droids we’re looking for.”
Sure you may laughing right about now. You may even be thinking, “Now there’s a claim to fame to have. ‘I was the Storm Trooper that Obi Wan played Jedi mind tricks on.’ Seriously?!”
Yet, every single person knows that scene. So it’s actually not a bad claim to fame to have. To have been a key part in one of the most memorable scenes in the entire Star Wars saga isn’t exactly a bad thing.
Still, what is a comic show if you can’t get your hands on some good quality comic gear and toys? Well there was plenty of that to be had too. Several tables had action figures and comics galore. Looking for a Meglo Indiana Jones figure? Yep, got that right over here. Need a back issue of Alpha Flight? Right this way please. There was anything and everything to make every any geek heart go pitter patter with delight.
Of course what is a comic show without people in costumes? There were also plenty of geeks on hand showing geek pride dressed at their favorite characters. Walking about the show could be seen Deadpool, Batgirl, Storm Troopers, several Jedi Knights, Black Cat, and one very convincing looking Professor Snape among others.