Images from the 2014 Portland Comic Con, where I gave a lecture on Crowdfunding with my friend, Portland film producer and POWFest Director Tara Johnson-Medinger.
This was my first Comic Con ever, and I gotta say, I’m sold. Superfun. The grade-B celebrities (Elvira! Freddy! Capt Kirk! The Walking Dead cast!) were fun to spot, the Q&A’s were predictably insane (some dude asked Billy Dee Williams to describe the comfort level of the seats in the Millenium Falcon), and the vintage Star Wars and GI Joe toys of my youth were cool to check out. But 99% of what makes this event is the people-watching: thousands and thousands (and thousands!) of people in the most insane costumes you’ve ever seen. And everyone is completely un-self-conscious and supportive of each other. It’s a big, welcoming community where anything goes. Despite the onslaught of sensory overload, going to one of these is kind of a moving experience. It’s a big ol’ love-in. Even if you have zero interest in sci-fi, fantasy, or comics, you should go at least once in your life. I can’t wait for 2015’s.
*(last two photos courtesy of Tara Johnson-Medinger)