|Well? Have you???|
A big part of the reason I decided to go was the fact that I've never been to a comic convention. My certifiable nerdiness notwithstanding, I've just never been in the right place at the right time. So I decided to carpe the fuck out of my last diem in Chicago and find out what it was all about. I mean, I had an idea, of course. Panels and cosplay and all sorts of stuff for sale. But to see it firsthand? To experience people walking around in the most unbelievable costumes, with the most beautiful hair and makeup - not because it was their job but just for shits and giggles? To watch the mania of consumerism unfold in all its geeky glory? To hear experts in the industry talk about their shit? In short, to meet with my people?
Totally. Worth. It.
Then there was the line for churros. It was ridiculously long, as I figured out by asking the woman who was actually selling them. I said I'd pass - I was too hungry to wait in the line, and she just handed it over to me to eat while I waited to pay. Maybe that wasn't being nice - maybe that was good business sense, because by the time I'd made it to the front of the line I was ready for another. Either way, it was super effective.
One thing that caught my eye while I indulged my impulse shopping (for the bajillionth time that week) was Valiant's superheroine, Faith. I know it's a thing now, for comic books to have more representation of different races, such as the new Ms. Marvel, who is of Pakistani descent, and I think they've represented characters who are differently-abled. To be honest, I haven't actually read American comics for a while, so I'm not sure how much they've come to be inclusive of other body types, but I thought it was really cool so see they had a fat woman for a superheroine, in her own limited series. Like, not cutely chubby...definitively fat. I only got to read the first issue, so I'm not sure how legit she is - there was one scene where she was defending puppies, which are cute and all (even if they grow up to be dogs) but made me wonder if they'd actually let her be a badass - but the fact that they had her out there with her own cardboard stand-up was definitely a step in the right direction.
Ukiyo-Pop booth - BD Judkins takes pop culture icons such as Star Wars and envisions it as Japanese prints from the 1800s - the golden era, one of my favorite art forms! I ended up buying Deadpool, because OF COURSE I BOUGHT DEADPOOL. (Hello, ninjas!) But my favorite find was actually a new game - Superfight. You remember being a kid and having debates with your friends about who would win in a fight - Batman or Superman? (If not, sorry, but your childhood sucked). This game is basically built on that premise. You draw three character-type cards and three attribute cards, then create your best fighter using one of each. The difference between some of my other favorite card games (such as Cards Against Humanity or Apples to Apples) is that you play your character openly and argue for why they would beat the other character. I've only played it a couple of times, but it's awesome, especially when you get the right group of people together (ie, total nerds).