A couple weekends ago I went to Wizard World Chicago. I've never been to a comic convention before, but I figured why not? Though I am a comic book reader, I didn't really care about any of the guests (mostly comic creators, wrestlers, and B-list or has-been actors), but what else was I doing on a Saturday morning? So I made the trek out to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
And I have to say, it was fun. Lots of dealers, lots of stuff, lots of people in good and not-so-good costume. I was happy to find that the mythical phenomenon of fanboy-BO was not true at all; in fact, I did not catch a single whiff of body funk the whole day. (I hear that it's in full effect at another con, however.) I walked out of there with a backpack full of books and comics bought all on the cheap, though I guess the discount is greatly lessened when I factor in the ticket and parking costs.
I don't have any cool stories, so I'll just move on to the most interesting part: pictures of people in costumes! Yes, if you want to see elves, Imperial Stormtroopers, and chubby Ghostbusters all under one roof, you need to go to a comic convention.
You know you want to see more.
So Pikachu here probably is not a fan, but a paid promotional something or other. I don't know. But it was bizarre to turn around and whoa! There he was.
The rest of these are all thumbnail-ized. You know how it works. Not familiar with some of these characters? Try Wikipedia.
Oh, and I apologize for the blurriness of some of these photos. It wasn't until halfway through the day that I realized I didn't have the auto-stabilize thing turned on in my camera. Yeah, I suck.
- quilted (?) Iron Man
- Red Power Ranger, Michael Myers, and Nightwing
- Power Girl
- Superman has let himself go a little
- black Thor and quilted Iron Man on the escalator
- the Joker (I thought this was pretty well done and not unnecessarily elaborate)
Who you gonna call?
Honestly, their proton packs looked pretty neat. I wish I'd gotten a close-up.
Two Jack Sparrows
Notable celebs that I didn't see but who were there that day: Kevin Smith, Kristen Bell ("Veronica Mars"),Thomas Jane ("The Punisher"), Dirk Benedict (Face from "The A-Team"). Also some wrestlers that I don't care about.
Here's who I did get...
- I think this guy's a Cylon from the new Battlestar Galactica
- don't know
- Indiana Jones
- don't know but he sure looks goofy
- Vega from one of my favorite video games, Street Fighter 2
Sweet Bumblebee costume
This Bumblebee costume (from the Transformers) rocks. Unfortunately I did not see it in action. When I saw it, a guy was putting it on a rack. Regardless, I wanted to get a picture of it.