What better way to kick off a new venture with a con round up! Admittedly, this is extraordinarily late, but better late than never right?
The organisation behind US super-convention New York Comic Con made their first foray into the Australian market this year, and as a con starved Australian geek I'd just like to say they're welcome back ANY time. As much as I love Supanova, I'm also incredibly and continually jealous of the US convention circuit. We just...we don't have that here. Supanova tours the country, every now and then a contender like Armageddon will try and squeeze in, and that's about it. Naturally, when Comic-Con was announced, I was already on board just because it was an extra con! I didn't have to wait a whole year for the next one! Then they announced Jason Momoa (of Stargate:Atlantis and Game of Thrones fame) would be there, and I knew that come hell or high water I would be there too.
Overall, I'm really glad I made it. I was a bit light on cash, which is never the best circumstance at a con, but the guests were great (not just Momoa), and the organisation was relatively good from a visitor perspective. The space chosen was kind of odd though - the convention was held at the Convention Centre, which makes sense until you realise the Convention Centre is actually on an island that's only accessible by ferry. No, I have no idea who thought it was a good idea to put a Convention Centre on an island. But on the upside, it did lead to the amusing experience of being on a boat full of cosplayers.
|Me and my boy, giggling to ourselves while making up sea shanties about Pokemon|
The standout guest of the weekend was, for me, Jason Momoa. Not only is he DEVASTATINGLY handsome, it turns out he's also quite an engaging speaker, and I was really interested to hear about an upcoming film he wants to make about colonialist history in his native Hawaii.
|I paid a hilarious amount of money to find out what Jason Momoa smells like, and I regret nothing.|
|Unfortunately he didn't take those glasses off the whole time. He also chugged four coffees in 15 minutes.|
|Seriously though, the man is built like a golden brown, glistening ton of bricks.|
The boy and I picked up some excellent swag, despite limited finances. The boy was very excited to be able to add to his collection of Batman Black and White figures after picking up a Darwyn Cooke designed sculpt.
|Personally, I much prefer Darwyn Cooke's design, in the front. |
The one in the back is by Tim Sale and I think it's ludicrous, but the Boy loves it.
|On the upside, it is at least an awesome figure.|
The boy picked up some great local art as well, which is something we both love doing at conventions. This Batman print is from a local artist called Louie Joyce, and is actually the third print of his in our collection.
Another artist both the Boy and I are fans of is Douglas Holgate - The Boy has long been obsessed with a Batgirl/TinTin print Douglas did.
In order to save ourselves the expense of buying literally every print he had we decided instead to go for a custom sketch.
|So incredibly adorable!|