This post is long overdue, but work and being a father had take up a lot of my time, as of late. Indiana Comic Con was a much better-organized convention than it was last year in its inaugural happening. They had much more space, bigger stars, and a great line up of artists and vendors.
I was very pleased to add two more autographs to my Season 1 Game of Thrones: Rory McCann (The Hound), and Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo). Both of them were really cool to meet. Rory was interesting to see smiling and happy, very unlike Sandor Clegane. Jason was very much the bad-ass you would expect him to be, with his shades, long hair, and general muscly-bigness.
Another highlight of the weekend for my wife and I was getting some brief interaction and an autograph from Jenna Coleman. Yes, THE Clara Oswald was in town! It was a little exhilarating to hear her say our names with her accent. We exchange brief pleasantries with her before moving the line along, but it was nice that she made an effort to say hi and thank us for seeing her.
My wife also took some time to meet a couple of the Disney princess voice actresses. Paige O’Hara, who voiced Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was there, as well as Linda Larkin, who voiced Jasmine, in Disney’s Aladdin. My wife got an autograph from each of them to her and our daughter. Granted our daughter can’t appreciate them yet, but she will sooner than I realize, no doubt.
I was able to find a few issues of Dark Horse’s Star Wars: Legacy and Star Wars: Dark Times that I was missing. The comic vendor selling them only asked $1 a piece! I didn’t get to look at any of the other comic vendors, unfortunately, because it turns out I have a lot of missing issues for Legacy.
Speaking of comics, on Saturday of the con, I was dressed in my Captain America (Cap costume hoodie, jeans, nice boots, and the shield) and got to get some pictures with one of the actual shield props used in Captain America: The Winter Soldier! And it was signed by the main cast of Winter Soldier and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D!! I really felt like Cap for a minute…
Perhaps the pinnacle of nerd for me was a combination of a Saturday and Sunday. Carrie Fisher was a guest of the con, so of course I had to get her autograph. I was wrestling with what to have her sign and decided on the variant of the new Princess Leia comic of Carrie from A New Hope with her blaster. Bonus: Mark Wade was there at the con, so I had him sign it too! While talking to him, I mentioned I was going to have Carrie sign it and he warned me that she had been glittering people all day. ‘Oh, boy, something weird to look forward to when I get up there tomorrow,’ I thought. Man, was I right.
After some schedule rearranging, and time to rest and feel a little better, and lots of time in line, I finally got up to see Carrie F#@*ing Fisher! Her con handler passes her the comic with the post-it ‘To Phil’. “Phil!” she exclaimed. “Hi,” I said. She wrote ‘Love to Phil’ on the comic cover and paused to look up at me with a look of someone thinking hard. “Help me remember,” she said.
Uh…what the hell was I supposed to say to that?!
I stood there, with this dumb look on my face, eyes wide with confusion and panic, mouth agape. “Just say anything,” she said after a few seconds. As I stumble around in my brain for what to say, I finally just blurted out “Tacos.” Tacos. Really brain? That’s what we went with?! Oh well, it’s too late now, as she’s writing. Under ‘Love to Phil’ she added ‘Meet me at Taco Bell – Let’s ring it! Carrie Fisher.’ I kid you not. Then, before I’m allowed to leave the table, she tells me to wait. She stands up, gets out this gold paint-on make up and puts two spots on my left check, then adds some silver glitter. Then she adds another gold spot to my right cheek and more silver glitter. This is not a joke. Here’s photographic proof.
All in all, it was a great con. We got to see some friends attend a convention for the first time, got some fantastic autographs, and had a great time. We even had the baby with us one day! This was one of the best cons Indiana has had to date, excluding the well-established Gen Con.