The third annual SC Comicon was bigger, badder, better than ever before. With huge guests, lots of great vendors, and a few surprises, this was one of the best conventions I’ve been to.
I haven’t heard anything official yet, but I think the con may have set an attendance record this year. The line to get in this year was non-stop. Not only did it fill the convention center’s lobby, but it spilled out into the street. I certainly don’t remember that happening in 2014 or 2015.
As for me, I spent the first couple of hours of the show tracking down autopgraphs from some of my favorite creators. Even though I was there when the doors opened, the line for George Perez was already wrapped around the aisle. I eventually got to meet him which was cool, and he signed Avengers #1 for me. He’s very down to earth, and just a good guy in general.
In the booth next to him was the talented duo of Miracole Burns and Chris Burns. These two are some of the best cosplayer I’ve ever seen, so I caught up with them, and got a couple of prints and a pic with Miracole.
From there I headed to the Ominous Press booth where Andy smith and I cried over our beloved Dallas Cowboys. I also met fellow Ominous Press buys Ron Marz and Bart Sears and got all their autographs. By the way, if you like their previous work, you should all like the Ominous Press Facebook page.
After dodging and army of Harley Quinn cosplayers and an Emma Frost that looked more like a stripper than the Emma Frost I remember, I raced over to Frank Cho’s booth. I got to chat with him for a moment, and got a signed copy of his Savage Beauty Sketchbook. He was also selling original art which I didn’t buy, and now regret.
Then, I ran over to Greg Capullo’s booth, where I caught my breath and got a couple of Bamtan books signed. Next up was Neal Adams and his Batman #50 and Superman #50 variant covers. Those were pricey, but hey, I may never meet Neal Adams again so it was worth it.
After all that running around to meet all these creators, it was time to dive into the comic bins, and dive I did. Among my haul this year were:
Amazing Spider-Man #301-351.
World’s Finest Comics #148-150.
Wonder Woman New 52 full run.
Aquaman #0-75 (the Peter David era and more).
The Flash 12 issue Bronze Age lot.
A slew of Bronze Age Marvel books.
New Avengers (1st series) full run.
Marc Spector: Moon Knight, almost a complete run.
40-something Suicide Squad issues from the 80’s series.
And that’s only a portion of what I bought. I lost count how many trips I made back and forth to the cart, but it was all worth it. SC Comicon 2016 was a great show, and I can’t wait until the 2017 edition!