When I first starting writing for MoviePilot, I began to discover that there are a massive amount of rewards and incentives for writing. I was scared that this would be an exclusive thing for only the BIG writers on the site or the long-time writers who have more of a well-known reputation. I quickly found out that that was not the case.
I've only been writing to since the end of November 2014 but in that time I've won Star Wars stuff for an article I wrote (read: here), Walker Stalker Con '15 VIP tickets (which you can read about that: here), and I've got other stuff on the way like The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker for the Wii U as a reward for being one of the runners-up for the Alternate Ending contest (read: here), I'm getting who-knows-what for winning the Mario Kart 8 contest (which you can see: here). But I think the thing I was most excited about was getting the chance to attend the Indiana Comic Con.
So, before I begin, I just want to give a huge shout-out to Mike Fleck for encouraging me to become a mainstay of the MoviePilot team and to Andrew Marco for keep in frequent contact with me through Facebook offering awesome opportunities and encouraging me to always keep writing. Also want to give a huge shout-out to the rest of the MoviePilot staff, you all are so nice and I feel very welcome being a part of this website.
Let's take a look at some of the awesome stuff I got to see and be a part of at the Indiana Comic Con this year! Let's start with...
There was a ton of awesome vendors there with amazing art, sculptures, replicas, and anything else that is considered artistic. Surprisingly, my wife was the first to get her attention caught by some amazing work of a local artist and ended up getting something for the entry hallway of our home.
This guy's work was really amazing and his passion seems to lie within all things original. His art was so cool, though, that I told him I'd give him a shout out so be sure to check out his website:
Of course, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get some art for myself too. I managed to nab some awesome artwork from John Pross. The prints I got were the following:
- This awesome Venom design
- This amazing battle between Shredder and the Turtles
- This amazing collage of Batman and his Rogues Gallery
This guys art was amazing and to think that I got all three prints for only $20 bucks was huge!
I also got to meet famed DC and Marvel artist Jae Lee as well and bought a signed print of him. The picture I got was from his run on Batman/Superman in the New 52.
To make my weekend even better, I got to meet super-star comic-book writer, Mark Waid!
He signed both a copy of Dardevil #1 and the new Star Wars: Princess Leia #1 for me.
I didn't get it signed by anyone though because the day that I got it, Mark Waid wasn't there. But it is still a cool collectible to have!
Next awesome aspect of the Indiana Comic Con:
First things first, I have to acknowledge my wife and daughter for participating in such an awesome thing as cosplay (I'm upset that I didn't). My wife, decided to turn herself into a female version of the 10th Doctor from Doctor Who (played by David Tennant) and my daughter continued to represent her love for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic by dressing up as Rainbow Dash.
Doctor Who and Rainbow Dash
What was cool about the Indiana Comic Con though, is that there is a much more diverse selection of cosplayers in attendance and I tried to get my picture taken with as many of the best ones that I could, including:
This was the very first (awesome) cosplay I saw walking into the Indiana Comic Con on Saturday morning. I've seen Bane done in pictures at other Comic Cons and they always make two mistakes: 1. Not having the ability to fill out the character accurately (but hey, who's judging?) and 2. Over-saturating The Dark Knight Rises version of Bane. It was nice and refreshing to see this beast of a man take up the task of attending the Con as a more comic-book-inspired Bane.
- Harley Quinn
Once again, it was refreshing to see a Harley Quinn, who, often times, is done way too often by girls who are just looking to show off an absurd amount of cleavage. This cosplay was classic and very well done. My wife pointed out the perfection of the face paint and how it wasn't spotty in any way.
- Ghost Rider
- Star Wars vs Star Trek
This was an amazing opportunity to get a picture with these two guys while waiting in line to meet Carrie Fisher (more on that later).
I don't know what this is or what it was from or if it was just a completely original thought. But this chick put a lot of work into this and it was probably a lot of work moving around in it as well. I just wanted to get my picture taken with her to show my appreciation for the awesome effort and creativity. Seriously though, guys, what's it from? Let me know in the comments.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
These are amazing cosplay, I've seen more and more of this style of Ninja Turtle cosplay on the internet lately, but it's still not so common that it's overdone. It's greatly appreciated. What's cool about these guys is that they provide a rental service called: "Party with the Turtles" and the TMNT will come to your party and...well...party! Makes me want to invite them to the first night of Rock Band 4 whenever that comes out.
Of course, at the end of my weekend at the IN-CON, I had to get my picture taken with this awesome Wario. This guy officially marked the end of my weekend.
It was nice that kids got in for free and that made it the perfect opportunity to bring my daughter and allow her to see some of the awesome cosplays as well. She was even stopped a few times by others in attendance so that they could get their pictures taken with her...she loved it. She met quite a few of her favorite characters such as:
- Harley Quinn
Anna and Elsa
Two of the biggest reasons I even entertained the idea of going to this years Indiana Comic Con was because Jason Momoa, who recently had his first official appearance of Aquaman revealed was in attendance.
- Jason Momoa
We and the family (minus my son who was being baby-sat) got a chance to do a photo-op with the now-King of the Seas.
I did get a chance to attend Momoa's Q/A session and I made sure not to pass up the opportunity to ask him a question of my own.
I asked Jason the following:
"You've recently stated in an interview a while back that you would like the opportunity to work with Zack Snyder as director of the Aquaman movie. But if you couldn't work with Zack Snyder, what director would you like to work with?"
Jason responded in kind,
"Wow. That's a really good question," took a moment to think. "You know I haven't that a lot about that." another moment of silence. "You know, I don't think I can say."
Perhaps he couldn't say because they might already have directors lined up and he didn't want to spoil anything or because they already had a director chosen (yet unannounced) and he didn't want to offend him/her.
But it was very cool to be in that panel and listen to how down-to-earth Jason Momoa is. I'd heard a lot about how nice of guy he was but it was just awesome to see it in person.
- Carrie Fisher
Then there was Carrie Fisher. I didn't get to meet her on Saturday like we had originally intended to because we didn't get in line as early as we needed to. We were told that the line that we were in may very well be cut off and thus the chance to meet Carrie Fisher would not come to fruition, so I told my wife that I would just come back Sunday and go straight for her line first. That's exactly what I did.
Unfortunately, due to some unruly types throwing a hissy-fit over Carrie Fisher's autograph line and Jason Momoa's photo-shoot line (I was caught in that cross-fire), they were no longer allowing people to stand with their friends or even their spouses unless both people had a ticket for the autograph; this resulted in a lack of a photo confirming that she did sign my copy of Princess Leia #1.
I waited for a little over-two hours but I was the third person closest to the signing table where Carrie Fisher would be seated. It was really cool that it was Sunday though because they had ran out of the picture prints for her to sign on Saturday and so they were giving everyone, who didn't have something for her to sign already, a copy of Princess Leia #1 and you go to choose one of three variants, I of course chose the photo variant.
But I didn't have her sign it since Mark Waid wasn't there on Sunday and he had already signed my other copy. It still made a cool addition to my comic collection.
Meeting her was awesome, especially considering that I attended her Q/A the day before and learned just how funny she really is. I have heard a lot of things about her and not always positive, I'm glad that those rumors I heard were wrong. She was super sweet and real life and I love how she had to make sure she had her dog, Gary, with her both days she attended.
- Jenna Coleman
What else was cool was that while I was standing in line for two hours, I got a chance to see Doctor Who's Jenna Coleman signing away autographs.
It sucked though, we limited ourselves to a certain amount of money to spend over the weekend and we kind of reached our limit and thus I didn't get the chance to meet her despite the fact that I'm a huge fan of her in the Doctor Who series.
Well, there you have it, that was my awesome weekend that I got to experience thanks to MoviePilot. The Indiana Comic Con was an extremely huge blessing and experience. I look forward to attending next year (I'll be cosplaying as the Riddler) and hopefully get more opportunities to meet and speak with these awesome celebrities, comic book writers, and artists.
But I'm sure there will be plenty of awesome experiences waiting for me between now and then.