Recently, at the Miami Airport Convention Center, a first happened. The VERY FIRST Comic Con ever held in Miami. I got to see if first hand as part of a tweetup. When I got there and saw all of the “characters” roaming around, I assumed that they were part of a Comic Con. I was amazed to find out that most of these costumed folks were actually fans. I was then COMPLETELY overwhelmed to find out that a lot of them live their everyday lives as their favorite character–complete with costume. WOW!
The day started outside as fan lined up around the building to enter. I saw a few celebs enter-like Ernie Hudson who played Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbusters film series, back in the 80s. I also saw Nicholas Brendon, who played Xander Harris in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer televsion series. There were also groups of fans, in full costume, play acting. I’m talking hand to hand combat scenes, sword fights, and more.
Once all the fans had entered, our Twitter group was ushered in, all the way to the green room where we had breakfast seated with the stars. I kept my eye open for my childhood crush, Billy Dee Williams, (whose character in the Star Wars film series had NOTHING to do with my crush), but I never saw him. I was delighted to also wander upon Adam West, who I fondly remember as THE Batman.
Miami Comic Con was a 2 day festival that included panels with celebs like Nicholas, Ernie, and Billy Dee, but also other cool stuff, like costume contests, ballroom dancers, and advice for pitching yourself to comic companies and editors. There were comic book creators represented, along with dealers and exhibitors. There was something there for every member of the family.
Believe it or not, one of the BEST times that I had at Comic Con, was spent chatting with @RaisingChild over breakfast. I’d met her before, but we’d not really talked in depth. ABSOLUTELY love her–she’s cute, smart, and funny–what else do you need? Check out her blog, Raising Child, Raising Self.
After breakfast, we were free to roam the hall. There was of collectible memorabilia, as well as all kinds of items that did a number on my memory–like the Batmobile and the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo. I had an absolute FAB time! Comic Con returns to Miami in December of 2012, here’s the info.