My wife Anne, cosplaying Casual Friday at the Jedi Temple.
Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:
It’s that time of year again! Anne and I spent this weekend at Wizard World Chicago in scenic Rosemont, IL, where we generally had a blast surrounded by fellow fans of comics and genre TV/movies even though parts of it resemble hard work and our feet feel battle-damaged after three days of endless walking, standing, lining up, shuffling forward in cattle-call formation, and scurrying toward exciting people and things.
In this penultimate gallery: a look at the cool stuff around the show floor — a little bit of merchandise including snacks, plus a wide selection of the famous replica vehicles parked around the place like it was America’s biggest geek car show.
Two different sections of show floor hosted convergences of dealers and collectors bringing their biggest, most accurate versions of props great and small from movies and TV. Unlike in previous years, every single proprietor charged a fee to pose with their stuff. Some charged a reasonable $5 to cover booth fees and whatnot; several charged $10, which seemed steep but whatever. Anyone who wanted more than $10 to pose next to an inanimate object wasn’t our friend.
Anne napping in the comfy chairs aboard the Enterprise bridge from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The Simpsons couch gag The MAN refuses to air on TV.
Harry and Lloyd’s Mutt Cutts “Shaggin Wagon” from Dumb and Dumber. But don’t hold your breath waiting for Jim Carrey or Jeff Daniels to do cons.
I’ve only seen two episodes of the show, but a few of our friends acted like the Supernatural car was cooler than any living actor.
No sign of Uncle Bill’s tricked-out hearse touring the con circuit yet, so a copy of the original ECTO-1 will have to do for now.
I already posted a shot of Herbie the Love Bug in Chapter 1, but I couldn’t resist adding this alternate take. I saw all the original Disney films as a kid either at the drive-in or in Saturday afternoon TV reruns, so to me this was super nifty.
The Ghost Rider movies weren’t anything to savor, so this one’s for the comics. Although those weren’t exactly all winners, either. But still: real Ghost Rider motorcycle! (Brimstone not included.)
The guys shepherding Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon were the only folks on the premises who let me do anything resembling cosplay.
HULK STATUE IN MAIN LOBBY SMASH PUNY PHOTOGRAPHERS!
Upstairs in Hall G was the dedicated gaming section. The only thing we did there was take in this monster from God Eater 2: Rage Burst that reminded me vaguely of a Final Fantasy Behemoth. On a related note, I can’t type or think the words “RAGE BURST” without giggling inside.
Special shout-outs to booths selling some of the best merchandise around. We didn’t shop a lot (more about that in Part 7), but a few talented craftspeople caught our eyes.
The weapon in the lead photo was one of many sold by Ultra Sabers, who are ready to cover your sword-fighting, laser-deflecting, Sith-goring needs.
I failed to catch the name of the vendor carrying the widest selection of Kingdom Hearts Keyblades I’ve ever seen, as well as a selection of, I think, Legend of Zelda swords.
Best new accessories of the year: geek neckties from More Me Know. I bought one with a TARDIS and one with Ron Swanson’s head. If I never find an occasion to wear either of them, it’s everyone else’s fault, not mine.
My wife and I had a harder time shirt-shopping than usual. We’re normally fans of Stylin Online, but the one shirt she liked was sold out in her size. I did something completely different and special-ordered a custom shirt from a mom-‘n’-pop stand called the Silver Necklace that I hope will arrive in time for our next con. Until then, please enjoy this random T-shirt whose entire slogan is “I LIKE GIRLS WHO PLAY ROUGH” but in its awkward display looked like the perfect chest-banner for anyone who wants to proclaim their proclivities to all the world.
Switching gears for a special coda devoted mostly to snacks. Edible food and inexpensive drink at a convention center are more precious than diamonds. A few places made a difference to so many.
The Chocolate Moonshine Company brought an extensive assortment of tiny, non-alcoholic fudge snacks. I found their Dark Peanut Butter flavor sufficiently addictive.
If you simply must have alcohol, WWC obliged by setting up multiple bars around the show floor. My wife and I aren’t drinkers and have no use for these, and also heard rumblings through the grapevine about drunken show floor harassment on Friday, but we have no personal testimony to that effect and, either way, consider this their not-best idea of the year.
Sugar, on the other hand, is a vice we can get behind. The bakers at Max & Benny’s returned with a new lineup of geek-targeted frosted sugar cookies. Their BB-8 design was sold out by midday Saturday.
This was their scene on Sunday afternoon: a “SOLD OUT” tag on nearly every design. All they had left were a few dozen TARDIS cookies. So that’s one booth calling Wizard World Chicago a success, then.
To be concluded! Other chapters in this MCC miniseries:
Part 1: Our Jazz Hands Gallery
Part 2: DC Comics Cosplay!
Part 3: Marvel Comics Cosplay!
Part 4: Star Wars and SF Cosplay!
Part 5: Last Call for Cosplay!
Part 7: Who We Met and What We Did