Events ~ RI Comic Con ~ Providence

I'm a pop culture/art/sci fi/fantasy geek. I cheerfully admit it. So when Comic Con comes to town, I'm all up in it.

It's fair to say that most of the people who go to Comic Con are much more into their particular fandom(s) than I am into my own. Even so, I had a really good time.

I was tickled to see classic tv stars like Barbara Eden, Lou Ferrigno, Lorenzo Lamas, and Dean Cain. Helloooo Superman. Celebrity voice actors like Tom Kenny ("Spongebob Squarepants") were there to represent as well. Although I saw those folks and others from afar, I actually got to stop and say hello to Ralph Macchio. It turns out that he and I grew up in different parts of Long Island at about the same time. Clearly, he wears the years better than I do.

Ralph Macchio and me

You can see there in my bag that I bought art. If there's a place to find talented local graphic artists, Comic Con is one of them.

I met comic artists, illustrators, painters, and crafters of all descriptions. There were thousands of pictures of mainstream and underground comic book characters, and lots of pictures of other things as well.

What Comic Cons everywhere are probably best known for are the cosplayers (cosplayer = costume player). They were there in force. Below are some of my favorites.
Slimer and the ghostbusters
a devoted parent plays Slimer for her young Ghostbusters


Heat Miser and Snow Miser
Heat Miser and Snow Miser! 

Baymax from Big Hero 6


Princess Anna
a tattooed Princess Anna from Frozen
Props and vehicles were also big this year.

R2 and Itty Bitty Leia




Along with tons of shopping for everything from comics, action figures, clothing and jewelry to art, housewares and custom-made fangs, there were several good panels to discuss the finer points of various fandoms.

There was a lot of good information to hear and share, and general goodwill all around. Many of these folks know how it feels to be an outsider, and are friendly and welcoming, regardless of how little you know about subjects they love.


Of course, it wouldn't be a Rhode Island festival without Big Nazo. They were outside, dancing, and inside with a booth of their own.

Big Nazo

I was at Comic Con last year and experienced the overcrowding and shutdown. This year was much better organized. It did get crowded at midday, but nothing like last year.

Comic Con keeps getting better, and I look forward to going again next year.


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