First up: costumes!
|Supergirl and Harley Quinn|
|Superman and Wolverine|
|Spiderman helping Iron Man fly|
|Best cardboard robot costume I've ever seen!|
Some general shots of the show:
As always, one of the best parts of a convention is getting to meet the creators of comic books. A few of the artists in attendance:
|David Meikis working on a sketch|
|Cesar Feliciano drawing a fan|
|Roy Blakely of My Fair Hunter next to the Rumbirds banner.|
|T.C. Ford working on a caricature|
|Dan Dos Santos speaking with fans|
|Vic Preato discussing his red-shirted Stormtrooper|
Maybe the best part of the show were the sketch competitions. Each time, one pro artist went up against a fan, with five minutes to draw a given subject. Great fun to watch!
|A fierce competition!|
|Dan Dos Santos' interpretation....|
|...and his competition's more opinionated version.|
|Prof. Foster with the happy young artist after the draw-off.|
There were also educational forums. Roger Rautio gave a short presentation about his efforts to create a Comic Book Hall of Fame. He has sent proposals to five major cities, looking for their collaboration in giving the HoF a home. The cities in the running are Cleveland, Chicago, NYC, Phoenix, and San Jose. An audience member (not me) suggested he should choose Waterbury. Wouldn't that be cool!
|Roger Rautio (in Superman shirt) and artist Sean Russell|
|Audience members admiring the Hall of Fame award and famous signatures|
Last but not least, we were treated to martial arts demonstrations by the Bond School of Self-Defense.
|A mother-daughter team took turns taking each other down; there were several demonstrations of small kids able to defend themselves against large adults|