In my post, Two Generations of Comic Book Geeks, I discussed my love for comics and comic book culture. My son and I spend almost every weekend at the comic book store, but we decided to take our hobby to the next level and venture to Comicpalooza, a 3-day comic book convention in Houston, TX.
When we arrived, we saw people dressed as superheroes, pirates, aliens, and video game characters waiting in line. My son saw a kid his age dressed as Robin and immediately regretted his decision not wear a his Jedi costume.
We paid our admission, entered the convention center and was overwhelmed by the spectacle. We were greeted by Captain America and Iron Man at the welcome table.
Out of the corner of my eye, I spied a group of Na’vi. I flagged them down and asked if they would pose for a photo. Only one of them was gracious enough to oblige this puny human.
My son found these blue people to be very odd. I tried to explain that they were portraying characters from the movie Avatar, but he still couldn’t understand why someone would paint her whole body blue. Ironically, we ran into another blue person immediately after we left the Na’vi.
The most entertaining part of our adventure was a wrestling match. Although these guys may not be ready to move up to the WWE, they definitely know how to put on a good show. Here is a video of one of the matches. Pay close attention to “Manimal.” He was the crowd favorite.
During our adventure, we also got to meet several comic book artists, actors and writers. I was excited to meet George Takai (Star Trek), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), and Chris Yost (writer of Scarlet Spider, a comic book series set in Houston). We didn’t take any photos because of the costs associated with it.
We spent the rest of the afternoon watching roller derby, playing video games (my son played some old video systems and was not impressed by the graphics), shopping for comic books and action figures (p.s. – I have a huge collection of African-American superhero action figures), and photographing people dressed as our favorite comic and sci-fi characters.
The highlight of the event was the Lego building contest. My son had to compete against two teenagers to see who could build the coolest Lego creation in five minutes. As soon as the timer started, my son went to work. Three minutes later, while the teenagers were still working on their design, my son presented his masterpiece.
The teenagers were impressed my my son’s skill and creativity. I must admit that I was too.
We had a great time at Comicpalooza. I only wished we could have spent more than one day. However, that one day with my son bonding over a shared interest was enough to build a lasting memory for both of us.
Question: What are some activities or hobbies that you and your kids share?