By Paul Grimes, APP Artist
These days, I don’t read or collect comic books as much as I did in middle school, but I still enjoy comic book movies. From October 31 to November 2, my friend James and I went to the 2014 Columbus Comic Con. I had never been before. I learned immediately what kind of place it was when Bane from The Dark Knight Rises walked by holding hands with Catwoman.
Bruce Campbell from the Evil Dead movies and Burn Notice was the headliner at the convention. Sean Astin from The Goonies, Rudy, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy was also there. I didn’t get a lot of souvenirs, but I did buy a t-shirt with Bruce’s face and his line Groovy from Army of Darkness on it. I also bought four refrigerator magnets: Batman, X-Men, Star Trek Deep Space 9, and The Princess Bride.
For the first time in a long while, I wasn’t the biggest nerd in the room. I could count at least four other people with Deadpool masks, and at least five others with toy lightsabers. Some of the cosplayers went all-out. James and I met a nice young woman who was dressed as a faun from The Chronicles of Narnia, complete with matching contacts. A female professional cosplayer named Samantha Wolfe in a Doctor Who-themed costume was there as well.
I enjoyed hearing Sean Astin’s insights on making movies, particularly the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Emma Caufield also had some fun stories from her time on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, particularly about the musical episode Once More With Feeling.
At Comic Con, I felt safe, respected, and accepted for who I am, just like I do in APP. It was also a place for great photos. I have many happy memories from there, and I look forward to going back next year.