Published on November 24th, 2013 | by gareth0
Stan Lee’s Comikaze
Thankfully, my experience this past weekend was a nice blend, and was something I could fully enjoy. Perhaps it helped to be there with a purpose, in covering this event and being protected behind a camera, snapping pictures.My shyness quickly faded after asking to take a picture of a Mario and Luigi duo, when I saw how excited they were to pose for me. I got the feeling that this would be the norm, why else dress up? Speaking of our favorite plumbers, they seemed to be in style this weekend along with BREAKING BAD’s meth king, Walter White aka Heisenberg. I decided to snap pictures of every Mario & Luigi pair I could, for a version of, “Who wore it better?” You guys can be the judge!
There were stations of old gaming systems and arcade machines that instantly excited my inner child beyond belief. A turn down the next aisle revealed cars from GHOSTBUSTERS and THE MUNSTERS. “This is AMAZING!”I admit, I was a bit numbed after realizing I was gaining my bearings in front of a table manned by Paris Themmen, better known as Mike Teevee of WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY fame! He went out of his way to say hello and ease my brief shell shock by saying, “Sometimes it takes people a while to make the connection.” Oh, I KNEW the connection, I was just mesmerized by the golden tickets sitting on his table. He then pointed me in the direction of the area where everyone else was doing their signing sessions, stating that he had asked to be moved onto the floor, so that he could better interact with everyone as opposed to being stuck behind the ropes. “Nice guy”, I thought.
Everyone seemed to be really enjoying themselves and there was just a fun feeling overall in the hall.I wandered to the stage at one point without any plan, but apparently my timing was perfect– Stan Lee was about to be introduced. That hour or so, must have been appreciated by the vendors, because as the stage area quickly crowded one of our favorite comic book movie cameo artists, I’m sure the vendors thought, “POTTY BREAK!”
Personal highlights include a brief stop to the Fangoria stand, and seeing that they were selling old copies of their magazines, which included an issue MADISON COUNTY was in!I hope to return to Comikaze next year, and definitely would recommend a visit for anyone that needs their fix!