Saturday, August 23, 2014



This third day at Chicago Comic-Con was big. When I say big, I mean there were tons of people. Not just celebrities, but tons and tons of attendees were there. I figured it would be, it was Saturday, Saturday is the big day for this convention. Lots of one-day passes were sold today, bar none. None of it stopped me and my girlfriend from having a great time. Each day of this convention has been overwhelming in the best possible way.

The only thing that sucked about today was that I was exhausted. The combination of staying on your feet and constantly on the move for hours without sitting for three days straight was starting to catch up with me. I got home Thursday and Friday and felt I had no time to really unwind and relax. Sure, working at restaurants when I was younger and selling electronics at Wal-Mart two years ago put me on my feet, but at work I had an hour break. I never gave myself a break the last three days and I certainly haven’t been eating anything really resembling a meal. For these reasons, this was my shortest day of the convention. Not that I am complaining at all, I would have hated to duke out early on the last day (tomorrow), so I was more than happy to take it easy today and get home earlier.

Even though I was there a shorter time period, my girlfriend and I still made the most of it. When we were in the autograph area, we were seeing which celebrities were there at what time. Since it was Saturday, pretty much everybody invited to the convention was there today and we kept getting the tiniest glimpses of our favorite stars. As we were creeping, my girlfriend caught a glimpse of somebody and she told me not to turn around. When she said the coast was clear, I turned around and there was Shawn Ashmore, famous for playing Iceman in the “X-Men” franchise, walking to his table for autographs. We followed him to his table, but we never got to talk to him. We didn’t care; it was cool to see him.

The best part of the day was going to the Photo Op center, where my girlfriend and I got a photo with both Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie from “Captain America: The Winter Solider.” Stan has really had a good couple of years between the “Captain America” franchise and his brief stint on “Once Upon A Time.” And Mackie? Well what can I say? The guy has had a great career, between “8 Mile,” “Notorious,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Adjustment Bureau” and “Half Nelson,” the guy has been putting together a good resume for years. Getting a photo with one of these guys would have been awesome, having the opportunity to meet both of them was even better. The line was slightly longer than yesterday, but it was definitely worth the weight. My girlfriend loves both Stan and Mackie and she thinks Stan is really cute, so you could guess who I stood next to when we finally got our photo.

On the way out of the photo area I quickly asked Mackie if he was going to appear in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” to which he responded…”I hope so!” Let’s hope that his hope turns out to be more than hope! I also got a kick that he liked my T-shirt which showed Batman and Robin being photo-bombed by The Joker.

Tomorrow is the last day and I have a lot of cool stuff to cram into my last day, to be sure you check back here for my final report on the best weekend of my life

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