Saturday, October 23, 2010

FallCon Report

Sorry it's taken me so long to get a report up about FallCon. This week's been crazy and next will be even more insane as we get ready for Halloween. The show was a great success though.

I had David with me this year and we met Grant Gould for breakfast before the show. The conversation revolved heavily around Aliens and Predators, two of David's favorite topics right now, and David and I continued the discussion in the car on the way over to the fairgrounds. We were delighted then to find this fellow lurking around, hunting down some great deals on comics (ba-dum ching).

More costumes and the rest of the report after the break:

The crowd was insane in the morning. FallCon used to be a two-day show and the MCBA held a smaller, one-day show in the Spring called MicroCon. They changed that this year, expanding MicroCon to a two-day SpringCon and scaling FallCon back to one day. I went in expecting MicroCon level crowds, but that wasn't what we got. MicroCon was always on a Sunday and FallCon was on Saturday, so maybe that had something to do with it, but the place was packed all morning and I sold a lot more Cownt Tales comics than I expected to.

I also got to catch up with a couple of my favorite cosplayers and check out their new costumes. I don't know this girl's name, but she works for one of the dealers who always comes to MCBA shows and she's always got a cool new costume. She was Belle from Beauty and the Beast at last year's FallCon and this year she was Wednesday Addams.

I think this was the first time I've recognized Meagan Vanburkleo in costume before she said hello to me. I'm getting better.

She had two costumes for the show. Both were Black Canary, but she did this recent, Birds of Prey look... well as this classic costume.

I don't know these two - or even if they're a couple - but if they were to have babies, the beauty of those children would bring World Peace.

The crowds thinned out in the afternoon, which made for a nice break and let David and I check out the rest of the show. We picked up a cool dinosaur poster from Zander Cannon in support of his new book Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth. We also spent some time talking to Martin Powell, a great writer and one of the most knowledgeable people around about all things Pulp. And - we learned - a former paleontologist. One of these days I have to take Martin to lunch and learn more about that part of his career history. In the meantime, we picked up three of Martin's books: The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor, his adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Batman: The Fog of Fear.

I also got this cool Valkyrie drawing from Paul Taylor. My scanner's not big enough to get the whole thing, but you get the idea...

The MCBA has a lot more photos from the show in their Facebook album and there was also a write-up for Minnesota Daily.

The MCBA has also announced the dates for the next two shows. SpringCon 2011 will be May 21 and 22; FallCon will be October 15.


Larke-San said...

I'm actually the wednesday addams, and the Belle from your pictures! :D Glad you enjoy the cosplay's! My name is Larke, and it's nice to meet you! :D

Michael May said...

Cool! Thank for introducing yourself. It's always nice seeing you at the shows and now I'll be able to call you by name.


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