As an outsider, I know the definition of this word. My daughter has talked about these events for years. Even before her interest I remembering hearing about Trekkie Conventions when people would dress up as characters from Star Trek and gather together to talk about the finer points of storylines and the impact of little-known characters on the entire series. I would chuckle and roll my eyes at those people. How crazy is that?! To dress up and spend so much time and energy on campy TV and movies?
Well, now my daughter is into comics, graphic novels and science fiction media and I have a new appreciation for these enthusiasts. We will be attending Comic Con in Chicago this weekend. I am excited to go!
And I think I am as prepared for the experience as I can get:
- I attended the Twilight movie midnight premier with Katie. The teens and pre-teens did not dress up but the energy and anticipation was beyond anything I had experienced before.
- I went to the final Harry Potter movie (midnight premiere again): Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
with Katie and her friends. This time almost every person in the theater was dressed in costume...including me. Yup. I went as Professor Trelawney - the Emma Thompson character.
- Katie has peaked my interest in new collections of the traditional superhero comics. The New Earth series for both Superman and Batman include fresh tellings of a familiar story and the pencils, inks and coloring are beautiful!
We decided not to totally dress up but we do want to fit in. (Ha!) So we will be wearing superhero t-shirts. Mine pictured above is perfect for me: old school Batman from the very campy Adam West TV series
from the late 1960's. My brother and I watched it everyday in reruns growing up. I loved it!
So this Friday I will really learn through experience what Comic Con means. Next Wednesday you will read part 2 of this experience and my new definition of the word!
Live long and prosper!