Where this woman has not gone before- My first Comic Con

Monday, September 09, 2013
Back in 1982 I entered what amounted to a new country- this was a place with its own culture- it's own language- its own entertainment. In 1982 I married a geek.

I had to adjust to this new world. I read my first science fiction - I tried to find something I could relate to. I learned things like what 'canon' was and how to recognize which world a super hero belonged to. I even had to embrace the idea that cartoons were meant for adults and that real artwork could be in ink.

After awhile I found a comfortable place in the geek world. I could enjoy some of it while leaving some of it behind. I've never been able to play RPG's and I couldn't tell one MTG card from another. But I watched MST3K religiously and have been endlessly entertained by Game of Thrones and even a zombie or two.

So it was that this year I found myself with a ticket to my first Comic Con. Salt Lake was hosting one and there was instant talk of costumes and speakers. I recognized a few of the big names, had no clue who some of the others were. I saw an author or two whose name meant nothing to me but when I saw the covers of their books I knew we owned some of them.

I didn't know a lot of the costumes except for the obvious Star Trek (original series), Star Wars and Batman and Superman. I had to often ask "who is that?' only to be told and then shrug because I had no idea who it was anyway.

But I surprisingly had fun at the comic con! I enjoyed the speakers a lot, I liked hearing the behind the scenes stuff. I really appreciated listening to and seeing actors I'd watched as a child (Adam West and Burt Ward) or The A Team guys) talk about how much they appreciate and acknowledge fans and how aware they are of the fact that we are responsible for their success or failure in the industry. The new Hollywood seems to churn out these surly teenagers who think they are somehow above it all- and it was refreshing to hear people say how much their fans mean to them. I even sat through the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers!, who I only recognized from seeing them peripherally on the t.v. when the boys were little. But I enjoyed listening to them- to how aware they were of their audience and how careful they tried to be about what they projected.

Being shoulder to shoulder and hip to hip with 50,000 people is an overwhelming experience - but everyone for the most part was polite, excited to be there and very accepting. It might have been the one place I've been to where I felt 'normal' and fit in. I might just be embracing my inner geek, and that is not a bad thing.

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