Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Last Friday John and I made the 4.5 hour drive to Miami for the first-ever Miami Comic-Con. We did this because A) It seemed like a handy excuse to eat at our favorite Cuban restaurant, B) Ernie Hudson was going to be there and I wanted my Stay Puft signed by an actual Ghostbuster, and C) Con within driving distance! Heck yeah!
We stayed two nights, although the con really only had one afternoon's worth of entertainment. One really *great* afternoon, though.
Even better, we spotted her again the next day in this costume:
(John's reaction to this outfit: "Look at her WAIST! It's so tiny!" He was absolutely correct, of course, but I thought it was funny that he was staring a bit south of where most men stare when corsets are involved.)
Zombie princess Peach:
It was surrounded by waist-high curtains, so I'm afraid I didn't get any good shots of it.
The table in the background was Adam West's booth. The con was so small that there were never more than a few people in line, if there even was a line.
So, if you want to literally rub elbows with the stars, go to a small convention and hang out at the snack bar.
This girl was clearly having a blast; she couldn't stop giggling.
This was also near my favorite spot: the art. I have way more than I know what to do with at this point, but I still couldn't resist adding a few things:
Mike White, and came with the frame for only - no, really - $8. I had to restrain myself from buying all of his sketches; hit the link to see the others.
I also love artists' alley because it's fun to chat with and watch the artists at work:
This guy was especially impressive. Check out how he's resting his hand on that wooden stick to steady it; I've never seen anyone paint that way. [Edit: It's called a "mahl stick." Thx, commenters!]
The next day:
There were several excellent Star Wars costumes around, plus the R2D2 builders, but since I'd seen and photographed them all at the Star Wars Celebration I didn't bother tracking them down again. Here's a nicely weathered Storm Trooper, though:
She was the only female in full Ghostbuster gear, and she was rockin' cherry red Doc Martins with her costume:
I say "poor" Ernie because he lost...
By the way, I've never met an easier celebrity to talk to than Hudson. He could have been a fellow fan, he was so approachable and chatty. He was surprised when I mentioned seeing a vid of him at a con in Germany from a few weeks ago, and then - to MY surprise - he started telling me about a picture of him that's been all over the 'net recently. You know, uh...this one:
Sidenote: I *finally* found something that cleans soft plastic: Magic Eraser. Seriously. You have to scrub, but the thing works miracles. (Just be careful not to take the paint off.)
And here's his signed butt:
I had a hard time chasing down this Batman. That's his daughter in purple to the side, and I wish I'd managed to get a better pic of them together!
[Correction: I'm told the little girl is Hit Girl, and "Batman" is actually "Big Daddy," who looks a lot like Batman. Sorry. You may now revoke 5 of my geek points.]
And even more pretty people (this time in corsets):
Hope you enjoyed my tour of Miami Comic-Con, guys!
Next month: MegaCon. (Aw yeeeeeah.)
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