I went to the inaugural Awesome Con and had a good time. If I go this year, it will be only for one day on April 1, also known as Easter Sunday. For you heathens out there, it’s the day our Lord and Savior came back from the dead after dying for our sins. He walked out of the tomb with a bunny rabbit under one arm and a duck under the other and asked where he could get his freshly nailed hands on some chocolate. It’s why we celebrate Easter the way we do.
It’s been so long since I’ve been to a comic book convention that the idea of going and just walking around sounds fun. Plus, that creepy lunatic Mark Waid isn’t supposed to be there, so nobody has to worry about their personal safety. Being that Awesome Con takes place in our nation’s capital, Mark Waid probably doesn’t want to worry about bumping into Donald Trump. That could turn into an awkward experience, not only for Mark Waid but for Donald Trump too.
Writer Magdalene Visaggio is scheduled to be there all three days so it would be great to get her to sign an issue of Eternity Girl #1.
If you don’t like the cover art of Eternity Girl #1, then you don’t like well-crafted covers. Every autographed comic I’ve ever owned is signed by the writer, not the artist. I think that’s because artists are too busy doing commissioned sketches at comic book conventions to sign their names on comics for free.
WordCamp DC 2017 is taking place July 14-16 at the Carnegie Library of Washington, DC, seen in the above photo. I normally try to stay out of nearby Washington DC in July. It’s alien planet hot and extremely humid in out nation’s capitol in July. Then again, I will be inside an air-conditioned building, not walking around the National Mall like a tourist. It doesn’t matter what it’s like outside. I just hope nobody pulls the fire alarm like they sometimes do at local comic book conventions.
Something tells me WordCamps aren’t like comic book conventions.
I am an ominvore
I have good exceptions for the event. During the sign-up process, I was asked for my meal preference (ominvore) and my t-shirt size (2XL). That makes me think someone is going to feed me and clothe me. I normally like it when I am clothed and fed by strangers. Now that I think about it, considering this personal characteristic, it is a wonder I have not been recruited to join a cult. Am I not cult worthy?
Sometimes it is better not to know the answer to a question. This is one of those times.
Why the move? Because the Baltimore Convention Center hasn’t aged gracefully. From the official Otakon website:
The primary driver for this move is the state of the facilities in Baltimore and their uncertain future. The Baltimore Convention Center has not aged gracefully and there are proposals to replace both the BCC and the Arena over the next five years. Any upgrades would require at least a temporary move and would result in disruptive changes in our facilities regardless of the final outcome.
The Arena is the Royal Farms Arena located a block away from the Baltimore Convention Center. I haven’t been there is years, so I don’t know if it too has not aged gracefully.
Another problem with hosting Otakon in Baltimore is the city itself. Parts of Baltimore are dangerous, not the kind of places you’d want to go dressed up as Sailor Moon.
You also never know when the Baltimore police will kill someone. It happens all the time. When it does, there’s good chance there will be riots and the city will burn. Black Lives Matter.
There’s a reason the HBO series The Wire took place in the city of Baltimore.
I’ve been to Otakon only once, and I didn’t care too much for it. Although my interest in Anime and Japanese pop culture is not the greatest, I do have some interest in it. What stood out the most was how rude and obnoxious everyone seemed to be. I had more people bump into me at my one day there than I had the prior twenty years combined. I’ve been to Star Trek cons. I’ve been to comic book cons. The fans at Otakon are just different.
Another thing I don’t like about Otakon is the price. They don’t sell single day tickets. The event takes place Thursday through Sunday. If you want only to go to Friday’s convention, you have to purchase a four-day $100 membership. They get away with this because they cater to hardcore fans, the type of fans who wouldn’t dream of going to Otakon for only one day.
I’m a much more casual fan of anime and Japanese pop culture. My casual fandom isn’t conducive to forking over $100 for the privilege of attending a convention for one day.