Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover: my wife Anne and I are big fans of geek/comic/entertainment conventions. Sometimes we shell out for photo ops with actors from our favorite movies and TV shows. If they’re amenable and don’t mind taking posing suggestions from a pair of eccentric fortysomethings shaped like two lumpy bags of potatoes, our favorite theme is jazz hands. We’re not dancers and we’ve only attended two Broadway shows so far, but we love the idea of sharing a moment of unbridled joie de vivre with anyone who’s game. We can’t remember which of us had the idea first, though the inspiration surely came from a few different possible sources we share. So it’s our thing now.
We previously compiled collections of our first three years of jazz-hands photos (including one that was once used in Wizard World Chicago advertising materials), followed by a complete roundup of our 2017, the year we attended way too many cons for our own good. We didn’t expect 2018 to resemble 2017, but in tallying up the results it struck me that we had a pretty decent — and, if I may say, jazzy — year after all.
After the way our past two months have gone off the rails, we’re confident 2019 will be dramatically scaled back whether we like it or not. While we’re working on finding ways to make austerity measures entertaining, please enjoy the following clipfest starring a plethora of talented folks who have impressed us in movies or on TV who were willing to play along with all that jazz.
…and that’s the year that was, jazz-hands-wise. I’ve also been keeping a dedicated Pinterest board collating all our jazz hands to date — 56 photos and counting as of today. To be honest it’s the only real use I’ve found for Pinterest so far. I considered creating other MCC collages there, but I’m not sure there’s a demand, need, or whimsical reason to expand my Pinterest interest yet.
For those interested in catching us in action in the future for whatever weird reason, our much shorter 2019 convention schedule so far looks roughly like this:
- March 22: C2E2 in Chicago.
- April 11-13: Star Wars Celebration Chicago, their first time in the Midwest since SWC 2005 in Indianapolis.
- August 29 – September 1: our first DragonCon in Atlanta, which we’ve been considering for years and believe the time has come at last to put up, not shut up.
Events we’re keeping an eye on but haven’t committed 100% to yet unless someone wants to pay our way in advance: HorrorHound Cincinnati; Comic Con Revolution Chicago; the Superman Celebration in Metropolis; Indy Pop Con; Hall of Heroes Comic Con (who’re presently updating their Facebook page more than their site); and next November’s Louisville Supercon, whose extremely early guest list already tempts me deeply.
Events we’ve attended before but will likely be missing this year due to scheduling issues: Wizard World Chicago, HorrorHound Indy, Indiana Comic Con.
Updates and new Fosse Fingers as they occur!