In Comic-Land

We spent the last two days in Huntington, WV at the Huntington Comic and Toy Convention. This is the first larger comicon to happen in Huntington (I think they’ve had a few in Morgantown in the past few years, but seeing as how that’s on the other end of the state from me, I don’t know for sure). This is the third con that my husband and I have been to (we went in the mid-’90s to a little convention in Pittsburgh WAY before people started going in costume), and the three of us – husband, son and I – went to Lexington Comic and Toy Convention in Lexington, KY.

I’ll just say we had the BEST weekend. We had an absolute BLAST, got some of the best artwork I’ve seen in a while, and met some really amazing people. We met Jason and the gang from Let’s Get Geeky who created a replica Impala from the show “Supernatural”:

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Lets Get Geeky’s replica of Baby

They were absolutely just super people. I met them over coffee on Saturday morning and we talked for about half an hour about just…well…cool stuff…and when we got to the con that morning they were the first exhibit we went to. I made a bee-line to go see Baby, and she didn’t disappoint! If you’re going to the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention in September, look ’em up! They’ll be there!

Next, we came across an artist who lives in Logan County, WV, who’s doing some really great artwork and publishes his own comic:

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“Poe” by Travis Tomblin

We bought a couple pieces of art from Travis Tomblin, and we also bought three issues of his comic book, Canada Jack. He’s doing some really great work, and I’m super-proud to see it coming out of southern West Virginia! Really fantastic guy – look him up! Buy his art!

Lastly, the family and I attended a Q&A with John Wesley Shipp, and after we had the opportunity to meet him as well. He was super nice, super accommodating, and gave a very interesting talk.

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The Marcum Family with John Wesley Shipp

If you’re not familiar with Mr. Shipp’s work, he was Dawson’s Dad on “Dawson’s Creek”, but more importantly to us, he played the Flash in the 1990’s version of the television show, and in the modern incarnation of the Flash’s television show he plays Henry Allen and Jay Garrick. My son is a HUGE fan of the Flash, so this was a thrill of a lifetime for him.

So, there’s not really much writing-wise to talk about, just a lot of really great memories made with family. We’ve already bought our tickets for the Lexington con this year, and we’re looking forward to it – we plan to dress for that one! So – onward and upward – and back to the grind of working, writing, and doing classwork.

Thanks for joining me this Sunday!

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