Two conventions in as many weeks! What as I thinking? And yet, despite the undoubted ardor of the undertaking, it was well worth it. San Diego’s intimate little science fiction and comic book convention, aptly titled “Comic Con,” was the most fun I’ve had at a convention in 1960.
There was plenty to see and do, including a well-stocked exhibit hall, fascinating panels with opportunities to meet creators–like the new Marvel (formerly Atlas) Comics hotshot, Stan Lee, and, of course, people in costume. There was a refreshing number of female and juvenile attendees–and not just Millie the Model fans, either!
One could say that D.C. (Detective Comics) ruled the roost, with big exhibits devoted to perennial favorites like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, though there are rumbles that Marvel Comics may return to superhero comics next year. I remember the brief revivals of Sub-Mariner, The Human Torch, and Captain America with fondness, so here’s hoping they can pull it off.
Now, they say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so let’s take a look at these lovely (color!) photos I took at the convention, speedily developed for my eagerly awaiting fans.
Note: On a lark, the convention organizers printed all of the badges to say “2015” on them. I suppose that’s appropriate for a science fiction convention!
There was the contingent that came dressed in their everyday clothes:
These included a few of comic book creators:
Eric Shanover, creator of a comic retelling of the Trojan War.
Todd Nauck, an exciting new artist.
Joe Phillips, an artist of the “blue” variety. Not for children…
Then you had the attendees who came in elaborate outfits. Some were inspired by the pulps of the ’30s and ’40s:
Others came from a variety of venues–see if you can recognize them all!
And possibly the specialist of guests, Latin American revolutionary Che Guevarra!
Finally, we have The Traveler, himself:
It was lovely meeting so many like-minded fans, and I hope to run into all of you again in the years to come!