I don’t have a lot of vices in my life. I am a pretty even keel guy who doesn’t freak out at just anything.
But put me in a comic book convention and all bets are off.
Yep, dear readers, it is that time again. Time for Gary to geek out and get ready for this year’s Planet Comicon in Kansas City.
Plus this year I am bringing a surprise guest. My oldest son, although he doesn’t know it yet, is going to be accompanying me this year.
How cool is that?
I can not wait to see him take in the sights and sounds from and event like this.
Although, sometimes you don’t want to deal with the smells. Some of those guys have been waiting in line for the Con a little too long and I always end up, right behind that guy.
Just one negative as compared to the thousands of positives.
Plus this year the Planet Comicon crew went out of their way to get as many big name celebrities as they could get.
I wasn’t expecting to have to choose whom I would be getting autographs from. Usually I only have one or two people that interest me.
This year, there is about five. My budget won’t allow me to get five. Maybe I can play on oldest son’s cuteness factor and guilt a few into giving us a free one.
So why is this experience important for me to pass on?
Well for one, comic books is where I really got interested in reading. My mom would get me 10 to 15 comic books every month and I would spend hours reading and re-reading them over and over again.
This lead me to moving on to novels because a novel could last me for days as compared to a comic book.
So encouraging my children to read is goal number one in this journey this weekend. Although, he already is pretty taken with the idea of books.
And not those you find on an e-reader. I am talking a book made of paper that you have to hold in your hand.
I am sorry, I just don’t get the same satisfaction reading off a screen as compared to a book. It is just not the same thing.
Now textbooks on an e-reader is fine. I like how you...wait a minute.
Got a little off track there.
Back to the original topic at hand. My son and I are going to our first Con together.
Another lesson I would like my son to learn this weekend is that artistry can come in all different mediums. Either by drawing, inking, digitally altering, etc., etc.
Page 2 of 2 - I want him to see how you can take a blank piece of paper and turn it into a thing of beauty.
For him to see how wonderful being creative can be is paramount in this journey this weekend.
Finally, I want him to learn that people can come in all shapes and sizes and gather together in a one venue and coexist.
There is so much judgement out there in the world that I just want him to know, no matter how cool you are or weird you become, there is a place for you somewhere.
For me, that is at a comic book convention surrounded by all my fellow geeks, nerds, etc.
Plus I am pretty excited to see how he reacts when he is standing there and someone dressed up as Batman, Iron Man, etc. comes up to him and gives him a high five.
I have a feeling that the boy will be in heaven at that point in time.
But, in the end, this is all about spending quality time with my son. As they grow older, these times will become fewer and farther between.
I am going to cherish it while it lasts and if I can surround that time in a comic book convention, then so be it. I can think of worse ways to spend a Saturday.
Have a good week everybody!
Gary Darling is the geekiest employee at the Maryville Daily Forum. His email is: email@example.com. Drop him a line sometime!