You hear a lot about the top-tier shows, like the ones in New York (NYCC) or San Diego (SDCC) or Seattle (ECCC -- EC for Emerald City). Those last for three or four days, are packed wall-to-wall with celebrities touting movies and cartoons and all kinds of nerd paraphernalia. These events are big and loud and well-publicized, as well as expensive and exclusive.
Bellingham Comic-Con is one of my favorite things about the town I live in. Sure, it's not big and flashy like its big-city cousins. IGN has never and likely will never set foot in there, and you're crazy if you think you're gonna see footage from the new Star Wars movies. What it does have is passionate locals, be it the guys at Reset Games who sell retro video games (even though they admittedly weren't there this year -- FAIL), or the local comic book sellers who bring in boxes of current and classic comics to help fill out your collection, or the toy vendors. It has creative local artists and writers, passionate about their work. It has one or two famous artists who have worked with major comic publishers (Savage Dragon's Erik Larson and creator of Carnage, Randy Emberlin are regulars), and talented indies who are trying to break out. And this year, it
had this guy:
YES. That is a dancing Deadpool. There are very few things that bring the awesome more than this. Except maybe, this.
There was honestly so much cool stuff there, stuff that people wouldn't have been able to access in NYC without either a press pass or paying through the nose. For a small donation I was able to take these pics:
|A blind dog dressed as an Ewok.|
|The most badass Jedi since Sam Jackson|
|Hero of the Rebellion|
I'm not downing NYCC. I'd like to go one day. That said... this is still pretty freakin cool.