Cincinnati Comic Expo – Part 1

This past weekend was the 4th Annual Cincinnati Comic Expo.  They put on one heck of a show.  It was so good, in fact, that I’ve split it up into a couple of parts, or you’d never be able to slog through it all.booth

Let’s start with the Johnny Saturn booth and the layout of Artists’s Alley.  Scott and I could not have been happier with where our table was.  It was on the corner just as you entered Artist’s Alley from the Dealer area.  We have never been on a corner before, as we took full advantage of it.  The aisles were nice and wide, and the area where the artists’ sit was wide with plenty of room for banners, equipment and the ability to move about without making another artist have to move so you could get through.  Kuddos, guys!!!


Of course, I took my spinning wheel and spent several happy hours spinning this 90% merino/10% silk blend from Ohio Valley Mill.


I am spinning it extra fine because I want to do a cable-ply with it for a lace scarf and fingerless mitts.  Also, I am considering overdyeing it with indigo to turn it purple with blue highlights.  While the pinky-red is pretty, it’s not a color I wear.


And I may have stalked a man with a very interesting sweater tied around his neck.  He was so interested in what he was looking at that he had no idea he was being stalked or that I took a rather close-up photo of his sweater’s details.


Lizzie joined us for this show.  She started knitting on my next sock pattern, but there was so much going on and so much to see, she didn’t get very far on it.


The 501st Legion was there and they had some props that I had never seen before.


This Storm Trooper was kind enough to let me pose him in just the right position to hide the glaring white footstool sitting on the ground behind him.

Dr Who

And for you Dr. Who fans.  It has been several decades (4?) since I watched Dr. Who, so I don’t remember this thing, much less what it was called.  I described it as a big, ugly R2D2 with warts.  I later found out it is called a Dalek.  This one wandered around the show floor and gave people lots of photo opportunities.


I never did find out the significance of the sheep with the Batman mask on it, but, hey, to see a sheep at a comic show was odd enough.


Of course, Scott and I were not the only ones there with Art to sell.  This booth had some lovely Mucha influenced art and I would have loved to take one home with me.  Or three.


Our friend and fellow Indianapolis area artist, Paul McCall, was there drawing caricatures of fans while they waited.  He kept very busy the entire time.  Go Paul!!!


Scott took several different posters with him to sell, and dragons were all the rage for us.  The print he is signing above is Dragon Punk, and we sold out of them pretty quickly.


The Cos Players in the Cincinnati area out did themselves this year.  This original, Mart Nodel created, Green Lantern was very cool.


I love it when different genres are blended as it was with this Steampunk Riddler.  It was his ? staff that caught my eye as he walked by.


I think this must have been Strawberry Shortcake as a princess, but I am not sure.  I just loved her dress and it must have taken her a long time to make.


Even Mr. Disney and an early Mickey Mouse were there greeting everyone.


Of course, I didn’t want to miss something special.

I did get pictures of Billy and Craig early on in the show, but they were pretty animated and all blurry.  In fact, I got a photo of Billy waving at me, but it is hard to photograph a wave with my cheapie camera.  Later on, though, when it was beginning to quieten down, I went back to see if I could get something better.


At the beginning, Craig Parker jumped over the table to talk with people, and he never went back behind the table.  In case you don’t know who he is, he played Haldir in Lord of the Rings.


Yes, that guy.  I was heartbroken when Haldir was killed in the Battle of Helm’s Deep.

Billy Boyd was just as friendly, although he stayed behind the table.


By the time I could get an unblurry picture of him, it was at the end of the day when he was rather tired.  I rather felt for him and Craig as they still had a meet and greet event that evening to attend.  I’ll bet they both slept pretty well that night.


When Sunday morning came, we were all pretty tired.  Scott Bachman, writer of Super Mom, was so tired that he had a coffee drink in each hand.  He had actually opened the canned one and started drinking it while in line at McD’s to get the other one.

But there is one main reason we all do these shows.


We do them to meet our fans and readers.  Thank you all for attending this show.  We cannot wait to see you next year.

4 Responses

  1. Cindy in FL Says:

    What a great time! I would h ave enjoyed seeing the steam punk stuff/people!

  2. Leigha Says:

    The girl with the strawberries and pink dress is dressed up as Kaylee from Firefly! It is a beautiful dress though, I got a picture with her and she was really nice too!

  3. Jon C. Cook (Dalek Pilot/Builder Says:

    Thanks for the mention! I shared this on my Dalek’s page, and just wanted to let you know! 🙂

  4. Leigh Says:

    The show looks like an amazingly fun place to be. And I have to add that I was heartbroken when Haldir was killed in the Battle of Helm’s Deep too!

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