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Nov 26, 2014

My First Comic Con- What Should I Expect?



So, this is exciting, if you're me. I'm going to my first comic con! NorthEast Comic Con in Wilmington, MA, to be specific. And I'm going for freeeeee* and all I have to do in exchange is brag about it! This means I have another excuse to trot out the Halloween costumes I slaved over all October.

"Come with me if you wanna not die!"
Now, whether my son will actually wear his gigantic, heavy Lord Business helmet for more than two minutes, I do not know. But we'll have a good time.


And guess what. Remember when I went to New York City last summer, and we visited Obscura from the show Oddites, and I met Mike? No? Well, that's why I included the link. Annnnyway, I was psyched to meet him, but I was also disappointed that I didn't get to meet Evan and Ryan. We go to the same antique fair as them (I'm not a stalker; I know this from the show), and we've yet to run into them. But all three of them will be at NorthEast Comic Con! And also Pepper from American Horror Story (who is actually not a pinhead in real life), and Mike TeeVee from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. That's the original, mind you. I love Johnny Depp as much as any red-blooded American, but yeesh, that was a remake that nobody asked for.

What I really love about NorthEast Comic Con, aside from the location, of course, is their family-friendly policies. Inappropriate costumes aren't allowed, and they have zero tolerance for harassment (which I hear is a big issue at comic cons, although I don't expect a lot of catcalling while dressed as a Lego). You're allowed to bring strollers and even food. Kids under six are free, and kids over six are just five bucks! (Did you read that last bit like those old Monster Jam commercials? I hope you did.) They even have a kid's area-- excuse me, K!DZ area, where K!DZ can learn to sketch their own comics, train to be a super hero, and play free video games. I'm not sure if @DULTZ are allowed to play free video games, too, but if they are, both my boys are covered and I can just hang out with Pepper at the bar and kick some butt in the Star Wars trivia contest.

So, I'm really excited, but I also have no idea what to expect. Help me out. Do you have comic con experience? Any tips for me? Please leave them in the comments. All I know about comic cons, I learned from Heroes of Cosplay, and the occasional cop drama where something goes terribly wrong at a comic con (I am not anticipating that). And hey, if you're from the area and you're planning on attending, let me know!

*My husband and I are getting in to NECC for free, but we totally would have ponied up the $30 anyway. My kid gets in free because he is five. Sweet.

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