The summer is finally upon us, which means one thing: con season! There are plenty of events to look forward to over the next few months, so to kick off the season the boys and I decided to check out Pop Culture Expo. Held at the Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington, MA, the event ran throughout the weekend of May 24-25. What did we think? What did we see? What did we buy?
The con was relatively small. Easily traversable in about twenty minutes, you can in most that the con has to offer. Small doesn’t mean it was bad. There was plenty to look at. Populated by many C and D list celebrities from older television shows as well as a few from the new, members from Game of Thrones were present, which were easily the biggest draw for many people. Staple con celebrities such as Ernie Hudson and Billy West were present, and since they’ve always been pleasurable it was nice saying hello during our walkthrough. The big draw-in for me, easily, was Bill Plympton. Cult animator of films like I Married a Strange Person and Idiots and Angels, it was great to meet him in person and by far the most interesting person there. He even drew me a little doodle of a dog.
There were also some midget robots doing the Gangnam Style dance.
Since it’s a pop culture con there are bound to be comic books to be bought and the hunt began. There were a few things I found that I ultimately passed on (I regret it. Heavily.), the big one being Mike Mignola’s Batman comic, The Doom that came to Gotham. John walked away with issues 7 and 19 of the New 52 Batman books and we all gawked at a table that housed some of the coolest Godzilla toys I’ve ever seen.
Granted, we went to the con on a Sunday afternoon, which is NEVER primetime for cons, so the crowd was rather small. Needless to say it was a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon and a fair entrance to the con season.