Sunday, August 24, 2014

CHICAGO COMIC-CON: DAY 4

CHICAGO COMIC-CON: DAY 4

Today was the final day of Chicago Comic-Con.

It’s over, and it is kind of hard to believe. It will be weird waking up tomorrow and not going to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. It is going to be weird not seeing all the detailed and delirious costumes the cosplayers have been putting together. It is going to be weird not walking through the autograph section of the center, looking to see which celebrities were there. It is going to be weird not waiting patiently and rigorously in line, waiting for a photo with some cool actors. Most of all, I think it will be weird coming home and not having sore feet, and I think a good night’s sleep will do me well tonight.

I had to get to Comic-Con tonight as early as possible because the Photo Ops for Norman Reedus were early this morning, as in they started right as the convention center opened its doors that day. So right when I found a place to park, I ran right into the center and got right up to the Photo Op room. The line was pretty long, and I figured it would be. This is Norman Reedus, the guy you plays Daryl Dixon on “The Walking Dead,” the most popular character in the entire series. I was a fan even before “The Walking Dead,” movies like “Blade II,” “Boondock Saints,” “American Gangser,” and “The Conspirator” were all prime examples that Reedus was someone special. The good thing about it was the line began to move five minutes before the alleged start time, so that was good. It wasn’t too long before I was in the photo room and ready to get my photo taken. Reedus was a cool guy, and I liked that everybody at the Con was really cool and approachable. I had a little question for Norman Reedus on the way out.

“Can we expect a Boondock Saints 3?” I asked

“They are writing it right now” Reedus responded.

He could have just been nice, he could be giving legitimate information, we shall see.

Once my Photo Op was done, I had to rush downstairs as I had an autograph with Bruce Campbell. Campbell is the star of the original “Evil Dead” trilogy of films and he and director Sam Raimi (the guy who made the “Evil Dead” trilogy) also collaborated on Raimi’s “Spiderman” trilogy, Campbell was the guy who had a cameo in each of the films. First, I had to trade in my Saturday autograph card for a Sunday card, as I forgot to get it yesterday. Then I ran right back to the autograph room. It was paramount that I get a good spot because Campbell’s autograph time intersected with Norman Reedus’ Photo Op time, just another reason why it was great that the Photo Op got started early. Once I got back in line for the autograph, we were told that the time had been changed from 11:00am to 1:00pm. So I did some running around for nothing.

It was okay, when the time came I ready to go. I brought my copy of “Army of Darkness” for Campbell to sign. I was happy to learn that the autograph line moved pretty quick and smooth. It was cool getting the opportunity to talk to Bruce. We discussed Spiderman and how he did for Sam and he doesn’t give a rats-ass about any of the other superhero antics. He is quite funny and charming and it was cool getting something signed by him.

I think I saved the best day for last. This will be an experience I will always treasure in my heart and I want to thank my Mom and Dad for giving me the opportunity to come to this convention. I hope I can go again another year, and perform the same kind of coverage like I did this year. Right now, I am beat and after four days off of work, I have to get ready to go back to reality. I hope you enjoyed reading all my coverage and if you have experienced any type of Comic-Con across the country this year, I hope you had as great a time as I did. I am exhausted though and I will save my “Overlooked Film of the Week” as well as my “Essential” reviews for tomorrow.




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