Comic Cons stole my life!
Awesome Con took place this past weekend at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Just when I thought I knew all that a comic convention could be, my eyes opened to an experience I never anticipated. With only 5 years under it's belt, this organization has succeeded in running the event like a well-oiled machine. I am excited to share just why this con was indeed so very awesome!
Awesome Con Lives Up To It's Name!
Awesome From The Start
Let's kick things off with entry. Signage AND volunteers all around the building were extremely helpful in getting you exactly where you needed to be. There were clearly marked entrances for VIP, General Admission, and Exhibitors/Press. In fact, one volunteer saw my badge before I had even said anything and pointed me in the right direction immediately. Lots of eager fans were lined up in an orderly fashion to get inside; all were treated to a warm welcome from staff and security. And speaking of security, it was quick and efficient which helped fans quickly get on their way to some fun.
After a brief stop at registration to pick up some cool VIP swag with a friend, it was time to hit the convention floor. Before stepping onto the escalator, I took a moment to absorb the view from above. It was a perfect layout featuring signs above and below to help guide a person to their desired destination. I amazed at how well balanced the event seemed to be. There was a perfect mix of kid activities, exhibits, comics, entertainment, writers, cosplay, celebrity, and artists.
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If you like to tap into a variety... this is the con for you! What truly warmed my heart though was seeing all the love being shown to the amazing talent in Artist Alley. I have never seen so many fans happily indulging in some incredible pieces. It was an artistic paradise.
Finally tearing myself away from Artist Alley, I then moved on to observe the excitement surrounding the celebrity guests. Stan Lee definitely reigned supreme this year at Awesome Con. He was available for autographs, photo ops and even held a panel on Sunday. Fans were also given the opportunity to pick up some memorabilia from Stan Lee Collectibles or even pay a visit to the Stan Lee Pop-Up Museum. The Stan Lee Museum displayed some very cool items from Stan's own personal collection. I implore ALL fans to check it out if given the opportunity.
Another big draw at Awesome Con was the appearance of Doctor Who fan favorites, David Tennant, Catherine Tate, and John Barrowman. 'Whovians' gathered in great numbers to spend a few moments with their beloved characters. Every fan I spoke with had a wonderful experience in meeting these Doctor Who icons. It wonderful to see appreciative celebs giving the love back to their fans.
I must also give a special shout-out to Khary Payton and Jason David Frank for taking a moment to speak with me. I had the honor of interviewing them in the past and it is so sweet that they remembered. These are two extremely charismatic and kind individuals that provide great inspiration to everyone. I even had the pleasure to meet Khary's friend, The Walking Dead's own Jerry, played by Cooper Andrews. He offered up an amazing smile, enlightening conversation, and peach cobbler to all his hungry fans. Now THAT's awesome!
Many props to the Awesome Con organization. During autographing and photo-ops, hundreds of fans were managed in a friendly and controlled fashion. Things were kept running smoothly and on time.
Hands-On Fun For The Kids
Many comic conventions I attend have an area for the kids to expend their endless energy. Awesome Con went above and beyond though. Not only were the kids allowed to engage in some hands on activities, they were also given an opportunity to learn. There were areas to draw, throw balls, and sit on dragons. Yet, I had never before seen so many options dedicated to technology and learning about the world around us. From the physics behind flight and how toilets work in space to mixing chemicals and virtual reality... the kids were engaged and excited!
As expected, the cosplay was impressive! There is really no need to say anything, just take a look...
See You Next Year!
Awesome Con is a convention to put on your must go-to list! The organization takes customer satisfaction to whole new level. This was my first experience at this event and was told by many people that it continues to improve each year. It is refreshing to hear that any issue from the past was taken seriously and addressed moving forward. Considering how well the event was run this year, is it even possible to get better next year? I look forward to finding out. Be sure to follow Awesome Con on social media to keep up to date on all their latest news and announcements. Facebook: @AwesomeConDC Instagram: @awesomecons Twitter: @AwesomeCon
Keeping You Comic Con-nected!