Several weeks ago I attended Wizard World Ohio Comic Con in Columbus, Ohio. This is the show that was once Mid-Ohio Con, which I've attended since 1997. This show has had a tumultuous history in the past decade, reaching its nadir in 2006/2007 before being sold and becoming a must-attend show, before being sold to Wizard and becoming an entirely different animal. This was also a different experience for me, as I took my two year old. He was having a good time, then took an uncharacteristic two-hour nap, before waking and still enjoying himself.
My son, who's not too big on getting his picture taken, asked me take his picture with these stormtroopers.
A stormtrooper busy with paperwork at his desk job.
Gleefully meeting a Tie Fighter pilot. By the way, he's never seen "Star Wars" and has only a tangential idea of who these people are.
A vintage 1959 Miller-Meteor Combo refurbished and outfitted as a replica of the Ghostbusters vehicle. This car is so massive I could never get an angle that showed me the entire car.
I didn't meet too many of the guests they had at the show, but I did get an autograph from Neal Adams in my copy of "Marvel Visonaries: Stan Lee." He's signature joins Gene Colan, Dick Ayers, George Perez and Stan himself. Now if I just get Ditko's I'll be all set.
There were lots of discount dealers to be found. I particulary enjoyed one 'Everything $1' booth that was high on the esoteric. These vintage photos are from a 1978 issue of US magazine, pre-release of the "Superman" movie.
One of the odder finds was an issue of Comics Journal 63, an oversized issue that included a Pacific Comics Catalog. It includes, among its voluminous pages, a fiction story by Harlan Ellison with spot illos by Gil Kane.
Ok, so maybe this item below, a railroad coloring book by Cliff Merritt, was the oddest thing.
The Ghostbusters meet Magnum P.I.
The A-Team visits the Love Boat. Where else could you get mash-ups like this with dead on likenesses?