The Cincinnati Comic Expo has come and gone. Like last year’s show, the organizers didn’t let us down. The Duke Energy Center and Cincinnati is one of the best locations for any comic convention.
Here’s the breakdown:
There were a number of vendors present to sell their wares. Bell Book and Comics and Superfly Comics and Games were on hand to up their sales and help the crowd find the most wanted toys and comics. Superfly is a personal favorite of my mine as it happens to be my local comic shop and it’s always nice to see Tony give me a hard time when I haven’t come in to get my daily pull. The comic book vendors ranged from the dollar guys to the vintage comic guys that have that one book you would always love to have. Plus it’s really cool to see Stylin Online t-shirts with their giant walls of pop culture shirts. Everything you could really want from posters, to a comic print, to the newest Star Wars toy. There were so many vendors that it would be hard to name them all, but we did enjoy their presence.
The Guests ranged from classics to working actors to up and coming stars. Adam (Batman) West (his 87th birthday was on the 19th) and Burt (Robin) Ward definitely count as classics. They were definitely the stars of the show and the theme of the show. Robin Lord Taylor, the Penguin of FOX’s Gotham was there to show his waggle. Sean Astin and Graham McTavish from Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fame were on hand to show off their new shows. Ian Ziering and Steve Guttenberg were also there to show off their star status. There was also three notable appearances of Claudia Wells, James Tolkan, and Harry Waters Jr from Back to the Future fame. It’s always nice to see the guests come out, to hopefully see that we appreciate their hard work and years of entertainment. I do wish that some of their photo ops were a little lighter on the price, but I guess that’s what it takes to pay the bills. Some of the guests do bring their sweet rides, however.
Of course, this is a comic convention so we must have some comic guests to show off their craft. Neal Adams returns this year with his monstrous table of prints and sketches. At some point I would like to talk to Neal . The crew does a very good job of cutting the fans off from Neal though. Darwyn Cooke, Dave Johnson, Lee Weeks, David Marquez, Art Baltazar, Alex Saviuk, Mike McKone, and Allen Bellman also showed up to show off.
I personally came to meet Mike Zeck. Mike’s table was loaded with prints of his Secret Wars, Spider-Man, Punisher and Batman works. I don’t generally pay for signature from the talent, but I made the exception this time cause I didn’t know if I would get another chance. Mike was a nice guy and seem down to earth. I hadn’t realized that Mike has done a tremendous amount of work over the years, but I thought there was more. I heard over the years that Mike simply took to long to get assignments done to keep up with a monthly book. Granted I don’t care because his work was always beautiful.
Another one of the guests was Joe Corroney. Joe is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design (I should know, I graduated in the same class). He has made a great deal of his work creating Star Wars images over the years. Joe is a regular at almost every local con. He is someone to talk to since he has a little of the “in” on Star Wars. Please note Joe never tells me anything about the movies, I respect his need to keep the movie’s secrets.
In general artist alley was impressive as always.
The Cosplayers were out and we got lots of their pictures. I appreciate everyone that I got to capture. I do hope everyone votes for the Battle of the Cosplayers Poll and supports all of these wonderful fans and their costumes..
The con hosted two dances: This first being The Enchantment Under the Sea Dance, which is a take off of the Back to the Future movies, and the Zombie Walk and Dance. I found both to be great ideas. Granted downtown Cincinnati was hosting Oktoberfest at the same time as the con so I hope it didn’t deter people from attending these great events.
I got a chance to meet Gandersnitch the Goblin or Robert A. Turk. Robert writes short stories and poems about Gandersnitch the Goblin. What makes this so impressive is the fact that Robert is dressed up as Gandersnitch the Goblin at his space. He stays complete in character and motivated me to buy his book. The completely inappropriate tales of Gandersnitch the Goblin is available on Amazon and Gandersnitch swears it’s a good read.
Tom+Chee was on hand to feed to masses if you didn’t want to walk down to Oktoberfest. LOVE ME some Tom+Chee!
Ticket Price: ★★★★☆