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All-Americon 6, 2015

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10408892_10205382035248739_6828703007708289637_nI ran out to All Americon this weekend, in great part to try out my new Thing Costume. It’s a nice, small to mid size show with big show ambitions, and it’s growing. You can see that not only in attendance, but in the costume contest. Still, I said last year that I should wait a bit before returning. I may have been right about this…AllAmericon hasn’t quite emerged into the bigger show I see it becoming and it felt much the same as last year.

A big draw for me was Michael Golden, a wonderful fellow and comic veteran, and a great example of the quality of guest they are trying to bring in. Another pleasant surprise was to see the General Lee parked outside. This was a great attraction and exactly the kind of thing that draws people and makes passerbys stop and look. Great move guys.

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The one thing that struck me however, was the lack of deals. Now this could just be me, but lets face it, I go to cons to look for cheap comics. I found no quarter bins, no .50 cent bins, just dollar ones. I spotted a He-Man Golden book video on VHS and ran over to pick it up and was shocked at the $15 price tag. At the end of the day, my only purchases were a couple of Heroclix – fun ones that I really wanted mind you, but I’m used to walking out of these things with a stack of 20-40 back issues. A little bit of a bummer. Still vendors change and you never know what you’ll find next time.

11755742_10205663863853905_1934821682569966639_n11050676_10153031591242285_8291906358252574882_n - CopyThe costume contest really pulled out all the stops this year, the cosplayers were incredible. I had fun getting to know my linemate the Joker and goofing off with him a bit (that gun of his, big as it was, wasn’t going to penetrate my rocky skin…) and I got to know the Punisher and Wolverine earlier in the day, shortly after I arrived as we discussed the new Fantastic Four movie and the state of comic book films in general. We blocked a corner (and my deepest apologies to the vendors in that corner…I don’t think we blocked any customers but I always feel bad about that) for ages chatting and occasionally posing for photos. It’s exactly what I love about going to cons like this – even an introvert like me finds strangers to talk to and new friends to make!

11752327_10206276664867587_6263227103038500739_nAllAmericon is a fine show and it’s still one I recommend if you’re in the area. They’ll be back next year and have nowhere to go but up!

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