By Leighann Strollo (@leighannns)
While most students were packing up the cars and heading somewhere sunny and warm for Spring Break, the comic book nerds and superhero movie enthusiasts stuck around a few extra days in dirty, snow-covered Indianapolis to indulge in their nerdy pleasures.
From March 13 to 15, cosplayers and fans alike shared in an unforgettable experience in Comic-Con.
A consensus among most people, upon first walking in the Convention Center doors, was that it seemed so much better than previous years. It took hours to walk through the rows of comic book and trinket sellers before heading to events being held throughout the convention.
Some of the bigger hits were “Nerdy Speed Dating” where people could meet other people who enjoyed Comic-Con as much as they did. For the adults, ‘Gideo Vames’ where attendees 21 and over could get drunk and play video games.
There was even an impromptu group from Florida, “Penguin Knife Fight,” who put on a kid-friendly show during the day, but drew a packed room of adults later that night with the promise of a not so kid-friendly show.
There were also tons of workshops to attend for those who wish to be more behind the scenes. “The 10 Commandments of Self-Publishing,” and “Writing and Publishing Superhero Fiction” both focused on helping aspiring writers to achieve their goals by giving them the insight, and tools they need.
With a “Superhero Daycare” to watch after attendees children and a “Game Cave” for people to relax in, it’s easy to forget there are photo-op opportunities and Q&A’s with some of the most influential celebrities and writers in the nerd-world.
The highlight of Day 1 was the Q&A with Billy West, most well-known for voicing the character Fry, on the cartoon Futurama. Talking about everything from his bad home life as a child to his love of the Beach Boys, West shared a candid look into his life. By the time the panel was over there was a more personal feeling between West and the audience. His mantra, “If I can do it, anyone can,” appeared to have struck a chord with the group.
As the days went on, the panels grew as bigger stars appeared. Among them were Jenna Coleman, the latest companion on Dr. Who, who drew a lot of fans and Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy.
Coleman spoke a lot about her character on the show, which pleased all the “Whovians” in the audience. Fisher used her charisma and humor to awe the crowd. Not that they weren’t already in awe of Princess Leia sitting in front of them.
“It’s an amazing experience, and an honor to be here … you just better not ask a room full of people if they like Ironman or Captain America better. You will start a fight,” Danny from Penguin Knife Fight said.
“Until next year, nerds!” a well-dressed Ironman yelled as he walked out the front door.