Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover, we spent Part One and Part Two sharing nothing but costume pics my wife and I snapped at this year’s Wizard World Chicago comics-‘n’-entertainment convention. In the miniseries finale, we present visible proof that con have other reasons for us to attend, including but not limited to comic books. My biggest victory: after my purchases this weekend, I’m now one issue away from a complete set of reading copies of Power Man & Iron Fist. (Curse you, elusive #123!)
Also, panels can be fun. Unfortunately due to time constraints we only attended one: a Firefly Q&A with costars Alan Tudyk, Emmy nominee Morena Baccarin (Homeland), and Summer Glau (now recurring on Arrow). As one would expect, Tudyk was the chattiest and funniest; Baccarin, the most dignified, but engaging in her own right (and expecting!); and Glau, the undisputed quietest. Best moment: Tudyk reciting a line of his racist character’s dialogue from the recent 42 using the voice of his King Kandy from Wreck-It Ralph.
Hosting the panel was one Jarrett Crippen, best known as the Defuser from the reality TV series Who Wants to Be a Super-Hero? My wife and I, fans of that show’s season 2, met him at GenCon several years ago and get a kick out of seeing him work WWC. (Last year I spotted him working with Stan Lee’s security team.)
Our remaining photos divide into three neat categories:
1. Actors! We spent our first few hours wandering the autograph section, waiting in at least one line that was far longer than I would’ve preferred, seeing my wife through a few much shorter lines, and avoiding the uppermost area crowded with roughly four million Walking Dead fans waiting for a turn with Norman Reedus.
2. Artists Alley! While others sought the “hot” artists in attendance, I made a point of exploring the talent on display in Artists Alley to try a few untested things from several creators, all of whom were a sincere pleasure to meet (not one unsmiling grouch in the bunch), including but not limited to the following:
From New Haven Comics, writer Josh Blasingame and writer/editor Aaron Walther, representing for the anthology Science Hero.
Also met but failed to bring back pics:
* Eisner Award winner Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole)
* Kid Domino assistant editor Alan J. Porter (the forthcoming launch title Forgotten City, featuring work by writer Bryan J. L. Glass and longtime Marvel/DC pro Pat Broderick)
* April Goldenberg (Twisted Toonage)
* Mike Kingston (the wrestling comic Headlocked)
3. Best inanimate objects of show! Two items in particular stuck out to me:
HULK STATUE SMASH PUNY ORGANIC GAWKERS.
Greatest comics-related tattoo I’ve seen all year: Captain Carrot, from DC’s long-lost ’80s series Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew, a beloved relic from my childhood. This fan had many tattoos adorning both arms (you’ll note this photo also includes a recent version of Supergirl and Skywise from Elfquest, though among others I also recognized Polar Boy and Bouncing Boy), but ol’ Cap floored me the most. Alas, no chance of him or his funny-animal compatriots returning within DC’s New 52, I’d wager.
Thanks for viewing! See you next year?