Last weekend 10,000 fans descended upon the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, for The Chicago Comic Con a.k.a Wizard World 2013. For the first time, I was one of them. In the past few months, I’ve gotten back into comics. I’ve been reading Saga and East of West but I also just picked up Chew, Trillium and The Wake. I like the weird ones.
I’m used to going to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in Las Vegas, which is actually much bigger but at NAB there is a plan of attack. There are a lot of things to look at that pertain to my video job and clearly some that don’t. At the CCC, I pretty much wanted to look at everything. My main mission was accomplished quickly. I wanted to secure some business cards from indie comic artists for future commissions. With hundreds of artists on hand, it wasn’t very difficult.
My wife and I arrived at the Hyatt Regency in Rosemont on Friday evening. Thanks to my sister-in-law’s employment with Hyatt, we had a room Friday and Sunday. Saturday we were booked at the Crowne Plaza, which is right across the street from the con. By the time we’d arrived, my cohort Chad Burns had already walked the floor for 7 hours collecting business cards. Between he and I, we have 4 or 5 properties we’d like to adapt into graphic novels. A major goal of mine is to expand the Eolan universe. What is the Eolan universe, you ask? It’s the sci-fi/steampunk setting in which my forthcoming films The Drone and Citizen in the Temple are set. Both movies belong to a shared universe and mythology on the planet Eolan. Once the movies come out, I plan on expanding the world through graphic novels and ebooks. More movies are in the pipe but I’ve been working on Citizen in the Temple for over 2 years. A change of pace is in order. I’m currently working on an anthology of short stories and I’d like to have a comic book cover type image to open each story. We have also done some research into releasing a role playing game but that idea has to cook a little longer. Plus, the more widespread content we have and the more people are familiar with the world, the more likely the game is to succeed.
A classic DVD I nabbed at the show was Night of the Creeps, a favorite from our recent 24 Hour B-Movie Marathon. When Tom Atkins answers the phone by saying “Thrill me,” it takes me places. I also picked up Rolling Vengeance because hey, I NEED to own the definitive monster truck revenge film!
Our nights were taken up by Beatlesfest, which is mostly why my wife and sister-in-law were there. This is a tradition for them but I’d never been to that either. I wouldn’t call myself an avid Beatles fan by any means but I had a lot of fun. We caught the tail end of a couple main acts when they stopped checking for bracelets (we didn’t have any). Every night a gaggle of musicians gathered beneath a specific stairway in the Hyatt for a concert jam session that lasted for hours. Daytime comics, nighttime Beatles. Not a bad way to spend a weekend.
What’s up next? There is a smaller comic convention called Dan Con coming up September 21st in Orland Park. It’s a one day event but I think it’ll be a good chance to make contacts with more artists, pick up a few indie books to supplement my current reading list and talk about the ideas we have cooking. I’ll also probably want to have a Night of the Creeps / Rolling Vengeance movie night soon too. You want in? You want in.
That’s all for now. I’m working on a little video of us walking around on the con floor but it’s taking forever to process so I’ll post it later. Thanks for reading this.