For those of you that don't know, I'm a huge comic fan.
Actually - We are a huge comic fan family.
I never grew up reading comics. I watched cartoons, but I was never too crazy about superheroes while I was a kid. My boyfriend was the one who introduced me to the world of superheroes and the many villains that come along with them. At first, I was only interested a little - I grew to love Wolverine and Iron Man, mainly because of my love for the movies. If some story caught my eye, I never went out to buy comics - I would just have him tell me all about it.
We collect comics for fun. We buy a handful of comics weekly, it's a lot of fun.
His collection is a lot bigger than mine, but I'm getting there. I don't know everything about every comic, but that's what makes it so fun. I get to go back and read all the different story lines of each character I fall in love with - and right now, I'm all about DC comics for some reason. I've been grabbing a lot of comics on Flash, Green Arrow, Firestorm, Suicide Squad - all thanks to the TV shows that I have grown to love.
After binge watching the first 2 seasons of Arrow, thank you Netflix - I remembered that there was a comic con in Kansas City, so I looked it up.. & I was so excited because Stephen Amell was planning to attend - and the whole line up looked amazing! That's when I decided what I wanted for my birthday - comic con tickets.
So - let's talk about my first con.
We went to Planet Comic Con back in March. Kansas City is not the biggest city, it's definitely not as big as other places that host cons, but for my first ever con it felt huge.
I was really excited.
Well, I was excited ever since we bought our tickets in January.
We only went for one day - Sunday. Like I said, I was excited to see that Stephen Amell - who plays Oliver Queen on Arrow - was going to be there, only on Sunday. It was crazy busy downtown, but so awesome to see people walking around with his shirts on! The whole time I was thinking - wow all these people live around me, why aren't we friends? My first con felt like a place where - people with so many differences, all belonged together - and I think that's why I really had a lot of fun.
When it was finally opened, I felt a little overwhelmed trying to decide where to look first. There is so much to look at - so many amazing artists, and so many comic bins to go through! Comics are pretty cheap at cons also, and when you dig through the bins you can find some legit comics. My boyfriend ended up buying a whole box because they were that cheap, pretty awesome!
After walking around for awhile, it was time to watch my first panel.
I went to go see Robbie Amell, who plays Firestorm on The Flash. I got there a little early in order to find a good seat, which was a good idea because his panel was held in a smaller room. I did notice that there were a lot of VIP seating right in the front center, that's something I need to remember for next year while buying passes.
It was pretty cool to watch a panel live. I'm so used to watching them on YouTube only. I didn't ask a question or anything - but I think it's awesome that he spent the whole time answering audience questions and interacting with his fans that way. It felt very genuine and unscripted - something I've never seen because I'm used to seeing interviews edited on YouTube or TV.
Robbie Amell was adorable in person. I'm a new fan of his thanks to The Flash - but he's definitely going to be a huge star.
Now - it was time to meet Stephen Amell, ahhhh!
If I'm being honest - this was such a pain, especially as a person who suffers with anxiety - the whole photo op section was completely disorganized that I almost wanted to forget about the whole thing. If I were to complain about one thing, this would be it. I wish the whole photo op section, and not even just for Stephen Amell, but for every celebrity was more organized with signs - there were no signs, just tape on the floor! The tickets didn't have what booth you were supposed to go to, it was all so annoying. I stood in line for 2 hours, it was crazy.. but so worth it - because hello, I met Stephen Amell! It was one of the coolest experiences for me.
Also, when we got home and showed the kids our picture with 'Green Arrow' the first thing they asked was, "Where is The Flash?" - Haha they are not impressed, sorry Arrow.
Stephen Amell's panel was right after his photo op - it actually ran late so we had to rush to the grand ballroom to watch it. The room was awesome, it's funny to say that because you're probably like why does that matter - but it does, the lights were green and it was just awesome.
Stephen Amell is as charming as he seems on TV or whenever you see him in interviews. I really enjoyed his panel, I would've preferred a different moderator - but Stephen was nice to stay a couple minutes longer to answer a couple more questions. He's a real stand up guy.
Afterwards - we browsed while we headed out.
But - it was time to bid farewell to comic con.
It was one of the best days I've had in a long time.
Next year - I plan on going at least 2 days. It was a mistake to go just one day, because there is so much to see and do. Planet Comic Con is well organized - minus the photo op area, but that was a different company - their program was well written with clear maps to every panel, with location and time. I was very impressed with them.
If you are wondering if this is a kid friendly event - I think it is for some families, but as for mine - not yet. There is a lot of people walking around not paying attention to where they are stepping, that it's not an event I'm comfortable with taking my kids to. Once they are older, around the age of 10+ then it will be perfect for all of us!
So - here's to next year!