This weekend we went to Boston Comic Con. As some of you may know, the con was pushed back due to the horrible tragedy at the Boston Marathon. Originally, we were going to go for one day, with B being babysat. At the age of three months, we thought it would be best for him to stay behind. At the age of 6 months however, we thought, “What the hell..” and decided to bring him with us.
Bringing a baby to comic con was not as rare as we originally believed. We saw a lot of babies, some even younger than B.
One word of advice on bringing your baby to comic con, if you can, use a wrap or a baby carrier. (I hear that Ergo is the way to go, but I had a sleepy wrap, which is much like a Boba.) In no way do I have anything against strollers. We actually ended up with two…Perhaps I’ll go into that some day. However, having a stroller in a very crowded area seems to be more hassle than it is worth. Granted, baby wearing is something that both you and your baby have to adjust to, and some babies don’t take to it very well. I found that having him in the wrap was better for me. I didn’t have a giant stroller to try and maneuver around everybody, and it made breastfeeding a lot easier. He also fell asleep in it a couple times throughout the weekend. It is never too late to start baby wearing! (maybe it is, I don’t quite know.)
This being our first comic con ever (individually and as a family) we wanted to try and make the most of it! All of our favorites were going to be there! The two panels that we attended were Independent Creators and the Mike Mignola spotlight! (In case your wondering, the G in Mignola is silent.. I asked the man himself) The Independent Creators panel was extremely interesting and insightful. My hubby wants to create his own comic (let’s face it, now a days, who doesn’t) so having independent artists talk about how they came into their own is pretty cool. I’m not just talking about the usual, “this is what i did,” but to hear them talk about their struggles, and how they never thought they were good enough, and also how much of a part of their work their wives are (if applicable) was truly an awesome experience. Thank you so much to Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise) , James O’Barr (The Crow) , and David Petersen (Mouse Guard) for taking the time out to talk to us!
The Mike Mignola Spotlight was pretty awesome, if you’re a fan of Mike Mignola, which I am.. but If you’re a super fan, which my hubby is, It was an amazing experience riddled with rude people waiting in the lobby, loudly, to try and get a good seat to the Marvel Panel. People asked a lot of nice questions, and according to Mr. Mignola there is nothing in the works for another Hellboy movie. Thank god.
One table we were super impressed with was the Skeleton Crew Studio, LLC. They are an amazing company that makes hand crafted molds and replicas of amazing comic book things. At the table they had Black axes (Mouse Guard), keys (Locke & Key), and they are starting to come out with a couple hellboy/BPRD items as well! If you are into any of these comics, please please check them out. The Bog Roosh’s nail and the Bishop Zinryl’s button are availble on preorder with 400 pieces in the works, signed by Mike Mignola! (http://www.skeltoncrewstudio.com)
We also picked up a copy of The Stuff of Legend, a graphic novel omnibus written by Mike Raicht & Brian Smith, illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III. Reading the back of the book, it sounds like Toy Story on crack. I will try to read through it soon and get a review up. What drew me to it was the illustrators pencil work he had on the table. I was intrigued and amazed by his book, we had to get it!
Well that’s all for today folks! Let me know if you have any questions! I will be happy to answer them!