By Jeff Crane
Edited by Ben Weese and Bill Peck
On Saturday May 30th I was able to attend my second Comic Con. It was the O Comic Con in Council Bluffs, IA. There are a couple of different things about this con that strike me as interesting. First and the part that stands out the most, the "O" in the name actually stands for Omaha, as in Omaha, Nebraska but yet this event was held in Council Bluffs, IA, a little suburb if you will of Omaha. Now I'm not complaining about the area or location. I was born and raised in Council Bluffs and also the Mid American Center (MAC) in Council Bluffs does not charge for parking, where as the Century Link in Omaha would, so this was to our advantage.
Another thing I find interesting about this convention, which has happened all over, is that they have put comic con into the title. Now obviously this is a convention that is based around comic themed ideas, but why does everything have to have comic con in it now? True we all know that San Diego Comic Con is the biggest convention of the year, but does everyone else have to use their name? It is great marketing and a way to attract attention, but I'd love to see some unique originality in a convention name.
Back to the convention itself, it was a thrill. As you can see from several of the photos that we have posted the cosplay was amazing. We unfortunately were not able to get as many photos as planned, but it was still exciting. Personally I enjoyed seeing all the Harley Quinns, and my apologies to all the Harley Quinn fans out there for only having a small portion of cosplay photos, there were many. Some of the cosplay was so amazing, that at one point without even knowing it I ran into a couple of people I knew back from High School, asking them for a photo, for our site and didn't even realize it was them, dressed as Wonder Woman and Red Hood until after they had walked away.
We were able to chat with writers, artist, comic shop owners, dealers, voice actors, and many more interesting people. There are so many that I'd like to shout out to, but the top names that come to my mind off the bat are Jeremy Haun, Phil Hester, Maurice LaMarche. These three individuals were great to meet and talk to about comics and tv shows. The interest that LaMarche had when Bill showed him his posters he wanted signed was great. There was also an interesting conversation that Bill had with Billy West about his casting as Slimer, but I'll leave that to him to talk about.
I do want to give a special shout out to Legend Comics owner Jason Dasenbrock who actually impressed me by a large amount. I haven't seen him in nearly five years and in which time I've changed my look and style drastically, but he still knew who I was. He came up to us and actually said, "When was the last time I saw all three of you together?" which reminded me why Legends was always a great shop to visit.
I do regret to say, to my own fault I did not visit one booth I really wanted to see, and that was to visit the one and only Walter Koenig who plays Chekov in the hit tv series and movies Star Trek. He portrayed that character in a great way and I am baffled at myself for not having the nerve to talk to him. I rarely get star struck but being raised as an original Trekkie it does happen when it comes to the original cast. He was a great actor and I can only hope, one day I'll have the chance to redeem myself and shake his hand which would be an honor.
As a small comic convention there were not a large amount of panels to choose from, but one in particular stood out to myself, Ben and Bill, and that was a Marvel vs DC panel, which we attempted to attend, however when we arrived the room was so full that the crowd was filling out the door and into the hallway, we couldn't get in, and even standing in the doorway couldn't hear a thing. One of the panels that you would have expected to have a huge turn out (which it did) was in one of the smallest halls, while the biggest hall was completely empty.
In the end, I am saddened to say we only had the opportunity to spend one day at this convention, were I know we all wanted to spend more. It was an exciting time and a great chance to meet some amazing people. People who have contributed to our nerddom in more ways than one. I know a few select names were mentioned specifically in this review but I would like to thank all who contributed to the con, not just the guest but the staff of the MAC as well. It was a great event and I can't wait to attend next year.