Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Moment in the Life of a Comic Book Artist's Wife


Comic Book Conventions: Part One

I know that you all anticipate tidbits about my life with much dread enthusiasm so I thought I'd fill you in on some of the things that make being married to a comic book artist fun interesting.

One such item is the COMIC BOOK CONVENTION!!

We spend a few whirlwind weekends a year attending comic book conventions and yes, Folks, they are everything you think they are and probably worse more interesting. I have grown accustomed to them so just about nothing shocks me anymore. Having been to so many now (16 years worth), I have the knowledge to protect my sensibilities by carefully choosing which shows I attend. But let's just say that the first few years of conventions were a bit much for my Catholic School upbringing.

Just so you know, there are levels of convention decency. I have attended many conventions with an entire section of boobs, I mean "booths" just for porn stars. Yes, you heard me, porn stars. Yeah, yeah, most of the readers are male (for now), and convention promoters make money on both booth and ticket sales, and nothing draws a single guy to a con like porn. I am being judgmental you say? NAY! I have seen the lines of guys (and some gals) waiting to take pictures with some chick in a scant halter and hot pants with a name like Boobalicious. A very insightful explanation can be found here at comicworldnews.com. I have seen parents who take their kids to these conventions and, taken completely by surprise at the level of XXX-edness, have to bodily redirect their children away from the porn star booths. These conventions give comics a bad name and perpetuate the negative stereotype that already surrounds the sequential art medium. I have no problem with porn stars signing suggestive photos of their fake boobs at conventions... at PORN conventions! At minimum, pornography should be sequestered at comic book conventions to carefully marked and monitored areas so young readers can come and enjoy the activities. A petition is circulating just for this.

Now for all you folks screaming 1st Amendment rights, I want to say that I don't have a problem with the porn industry. I understand it's a legit business and blah blah blah. I just can't understand why it doesn't infiltrate say, the coffee industry, or the feminine protection industry (giggle)...Ooo! Ooo! No! The family planning industry!

Unfortunately, one of the biggest multi-convention conglomerates, Wizard World, doesn't seem to care about separating the two industries, therefore limiting parents' choices about which conventions to attend without burning the eyes out of their young children's skulls. These comic/porn cons are the conventions I won't let my kids attend. These are conventions I won't let your kids attend. If Tony goes, he goes alone... and it's rare that he goes to these.

We now have my favorite type of conventions. These are the family oriented cons where the show promoters are very careful about who they lease booths to. There is nary a nipple nor G-String in sight (if you don't count the goth chicks who wear black low riders and insist on bending over at every turn). My favorite of these conventions is Heroes Con in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is almost always held on Father's Day weekend. It is always a great place for a family to spend some great time together. It is always a pleasure to attend and an exciting place to take your kid if he/she tells you that he/she loves comics. Not to worry. You will be pleasantly surprised. There is a wonderful family who has been going to this convention since their boys were in diapers. As the boys got older their dad started sketch books for them. Every year Tony does a sketch of some great new Cartoon Network or comic book character for them. Tony and I are always surprised when we flip through those sketch books each year (when politely handed across the table with wanton eyes for a new sketch), to see just how much time has passed since those first sketches. Tony meets hundreds and hundreds of fans each year but none are more memorable than those at Charlotte. There is a consistency at this convention that is lacking in most of the others that I have attended. It is a consistency that provides a safe atmosphere for kids and grown ups alike. I don't read comics... but Heroes Con makes me wish that I did.

12 comments:

Madge said...

now when we see a porn booth at a quilt show THAT will be something. imagine the look on some of our guild friends face when they turn the corner and see that!

Stacie said...

Now that might be interesting!! actually fun!

Dustin Harbin said...

Aw man Stacie you are so interesting, I mean SWEET! Thanks very much for the kind words!

Stacie said...

Thanks Dustin! Tony (who is at least NC-17 rated) and I really look forward to Heroes. See you all next year if not sooner!

Oh My Goddess said...

This is what I love about the blog world, there is always something going on that I have never imagined. Very cool!

And I feel I should add that I've never met a comic book artist, nor the wife of a comic book artist, nor a porn star for that matter before!

Where is your followers gadget??

Carmen and Ginger said...

In my spare time I am a boob model at Comic Book conventions and it really is not as glamorous as it all seems! Your halter top is always sliding one way or another, the 14 year olds are always trying to engage you in lengthy conversations about their favorite female comic book heroines and of course the air conditioning vent ALWAYS seems to be placed right over the boob booth... I rarely mention it as it is somewhat at odds with my Carmen and Ginger personae...but..since you brought it up...

Stacie said...

Goddess- ask and you will know all about the comic book world!

Carmen and Ginger- First, LMAO!!!! It would seem that either my post was quite descriptive or you've attended at least one comic book convention! Second, I have no idea where my following gadget is and now i shall have to try and find it. And BTW, thank you again for the Etsy link advice. I am so new to this!

Louise said...

Always an education!

Fantastic Forrest said...

Comic book shows have certainly changed a lot since I was a young wife. Wow. My husband wooed me by introducing me to the world of Marvel, and we went to shows in Chicago. Then marriage, career building, and parenthood interrupted the comic book love fest. Now that the kids are a little older, we all enjoy reading husband's collection. But, oddly, we've yet to go to a show. I'll have to consult you before we venture forth. Don't want burnt eyes.

I saw your comment at coffeeyogurt's and followed you to your place. Love your profile description - so funny!

phd in yogurtry said...

Is that your man sketching Johnny Depp as Capt Jack? Mostexcellent finger foreplay! :0
(Feel free to delete if this bawdy comment does not meet with your editorial standards.)

Stacie said...

Louise- I aim to please!!! Stick with me, you'll go nowhere!

Fantastic Forrest-i will try to advise you to the best of my abilities... Of course my abilities at most conventions is the Westin's Heavenly Bed where I lay around all day, read, and order room service.

Phd- I could never delete your comments. They make me laugh too much! Besides! It is Cap'n Jack Sparrow after all. Truth is truth!

Stacie said...

Phd- Yes, that's tony!