Saturday I had an assignment to cover a Comic Convention in Mississippi. I was looking forward to it because I thought a place where hobbits, stormtroopers, Klingons, zombies, and comic book heroes gathered would be a very visual experience. Maybe it was my insomnia from the night before or the weather zapping everyone’s energy, but I really felt I failed on this assignment. Ironically, I was probably regarded as the most freakish person there, because I was armed with a camera and didn’t want anyone to pose for me. I walked away with something that more or less worked of a zombie family shopping for little rubber ducks dressed in human clothes, but it felt just eh, passable. My advice to shooting a comic convention, Don’t chase Klingons. Find something that’s like a bug zapper for nerds, like the sword replica booth or the Harry Potter wand replica booth, and camp out. I wish I did. I think Gandalf was running the sword booth. Next time. These are a couple images I got from the assignment. I’m not a big fan of them, but in hindsight and attaching some Wikipedia definitions, found some mild humor from them.
deadpool’s dayjob, originally uploaded by lightwriter27.
Wikipedia’s summary of Deadpool:
"Deadpool is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. A disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary, Deadpool is famous for his tendency to break the fourth wall and is frequently referred to by the moniker ‘Merc with a Mouth.’"
And apparently sells cuddly monkeys on the side. His sales pitch could use some work.
This guy wants to be taken seriously?, originally uploaded by lightwriter27.
Here’s the chain of events:
Enter myself: strolling along this comic convention, look for an interesting image. See clone trooper looking at art.
Camera clicks (clone notices me too quickly, I miss the moment)
Clone: [Quite seriously] um, was I in your shot.
Me: Um, no. [Despite the fact I was four feet away and pointing the camera right at him, I was obviously way more interested in the dragon over his shoulder. Clearly.]
Yea. Too bad he blocked the dragon.