As comic book movies continue to grow in popularity, comic book conventions are becoming all the rage, even among people who wouldn’t traditionally fit in the “comic book nerd” stereotype. This month is the official start of geek season here in Connecticut, and it kicked off with ComiConn at Foxwoods Resort and Casino.
Held on June 10 and 11, ComiConn attracted thousands of enthusiastic fans eager to meet their favorite celebrities, chat up their favorite comic book creators, and maybe grab some hard-to-find Funko Pops.
Change of Venue and Star Power
This is the first year that ComiConn has been held at Foxwoods. For the past several years ComiConn, an event run by Altered Reality Entertainment and known as Hartford ComicConn, was held at the XL Center. Following in the footsteps of Terrificon, Mohegan Sun’s yearly comic book convention, ComiConn used the appeal of a resort casino to attract bigger celebrities and more fans than ever before. This change of venue seemed to accomplish exactly that, but not without the growing pains that come along with it, such as long lines to enter the main floor caused by what appeared to be having more people than the convention center could safely hold.
Utilizing Foxwood’s convention center, ComiConn was able to provide fans access to many celebrities and artists. One of the biggest draws was the cast of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy,” Ron Perlman, Theo Rossi, and Ryan Hurst, who even held a panel about the show and conducted a Q&A session where fans can get the answers to questions they’ve been dying to find out straight from the people who made the show.
The trio had consistently long lines of fans waiting to get autographs and take pictures, and may have only been outdrawn by Jason David Frank, the original Green Power Ranger, who appeared to have at least 100 people in line to meet him for several hours. Other celebrities in attendance were Gaten Matazzaro of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Kevin Sussman from CBS’s “Big Bang Theory,” and several WWE Superstars, including 16-time World Champion “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
The literature and comic book medium was also greatly represented by many incredibly talented individuals. Fans were able to get a copy of the latest Star Wars Universe novel, Thrawn, signed by author Timothy Zahn and chat with him about what is like to create stories in one of the most popular fictional worlds of all time. There were also dozens of wonderful artists who have worked on the biggest comic books ever, including Superman, the Amazing Spider-man, and the increasingly popular Deadpool.
Speaking of Deadpool, one of the greatest experiences at comic book conventions is seeing all of the cosplayers. A long standing tradition at these types of events is fans dressing as their favorite characters from comic books, television and movies. Deadpool is always a popular cosplay choice, with one fan creating a costume where his Deadpool was riding a magical unicorn. Wherever you go, you will see characters you know. Turn to your left, there is Wolverine, turn to your right, the Genie from Disney’s Aladdin. I even encountered a group dressed as the Blue Barracuda team from the 90’s Nickelodeon game show, “Legends of the Hidden Temple.” The cosplayers add a ton of fun to the festivities and are often nice enough to pose for a picture with you if you ask.
All About the Swag
Vendors are also a major part of any comic book convention and ComiConn had dozens of booths where you could buy comics and toys until your heart was content. The most highly sought after items were Funko Pops, as there was row after row of the small vinyl figures throughout the main floor. Hard to find comic books and vintage toys are always popular, as are the new fad, fidget spinners, as countless booths had these for sale as well. It was hard to overcome the urge to break the bank with all that was on sale over the weekend.
Sad You Missed the Show?
If this event sounds like it would be up your alley, but you are bummed that you were unable to attend, don’t fret as there are more conventions coming to Connecticut throughout the summer.
ConnectiCon 2017 will be held from July 6 to July 9 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford (where you can meet Sylvester McCoy, the Seventh Doctor from “Doctor Who”!!!).
Stamford will host the Lock City Anime & Comic Con at the Sheraton Hotel on July 22.
In August, you would undoubtedly have a terrific time at Terrificon, held at Mohegan Sun from August 18 to August 20, where you can meet Burt Ward and Lee Meriwether from the original Batman television series or even Finn Jones, star of Marvel’s “Iron Fist”!
Tickets are on sale for all of these events, so don’t miss out on a chance to lose yourself in your favorite sci-fi and fantasy worlds and hang out with some of their biggest stars!