Lexington Comic & Toy Convention has come and gone, but it still lives in the memories of everyone who visited. The convention was held on Saturday, March 24th at the Lexington Convention Center (home to the historic Rupp Arena and the University of Kentucky Wildcats). The con featured comic book creators, publishers, vendors, celebrities and the DeLorean from “Back To The Future”.
The busiest folks at the Con had to be the Power Rangers. Five members of the Power Rangers cast were in attendance. Jason David Frank, who played Tommy on several seasons, had a constant line of people wanting autographs and photos. So much so, that I never got a chance to speak with him. The others had lines as well, but were a bit more accessible. Paul Schrier (Bulk) and Jason Narvy (Skull) are incredibly funny in real life. Catherine Sutherland (Pink Ranger) and Nakia Burrise (Yellow Ranger) were incredibly cool and fun to talk with. We actually helped them find the show floor on Friday night, and I admit, I geeked out a little bit.
The Power Rangers held an hour long Q&A for fans of the show. The audience ranged from the very young, to the gray-haired young at heart. The actors answered every question from the fans given to them, some light-hearted, some serious. One fan had come from a hard childhood, and commented how The Power Rangers had taught him how to be a good person with their morals on the show.
I attended another panel which featured Mike Grell, legendary artist and writer, and Mark Ryan, writer and voice actor. The two had an interesting conversation about literary archetypes in fiction. They also had a Q & A session, answer questions about their joint collaboration called “The Pilgrim.”
I had the opportunity to hang out with reality TV icon Jonny Fairplay (Survivor, TNA Wrestling) and Mikayla Wingle (Survivor, Lingerie Football League). Jonny is a jokester. Mikayla is amazingly beautiful and as sweet as she can be. While we were joking around I had a chance to take a picture that they shared on their websites!
I had a great time and have lots of good memories about the entire Convention. As well as national celebrities, I ran into old friends like Daniel Frazier (The Adventures of Nightclaw and Prowler), Eric Banister (Derby City Comic Con) and Natasha Collier (Kentucky Geek Girl). All three of these people have appeared on Completely Comics. Daniel is an artist and a writer and works on his creator owned, all ages comic, The Adventures of Nightclaw and Prowler. Eric Banister is a convention organizer himself, and put together Derby City Comic Con, an annual convention held in Louisville, Kentucky. Natasha Collier is the Kentucky Geek Girl. She’s a friend to our show, and hosts a fantastic blog, focusing on all things geeky from a girl’s perspective.
I even ran into other podcasters. Comics Related was there (Irun into them at every convention I go to). They’ve been around for awhile, and have always been friendly. We ran into the guys from Comic Book Jerk. Hilariously funny, I highly recommend watching their reviews of comic book related movies and shows (just not with your children). I met the folks from Beaucoup Pop. We had just discovered these folks, with the help of Natasha Collier (Kentucky Geek Girl) and have loved listening to their show.
The best memory for me, however, was watching Mike Grell sketch a drawing of Shadow Lass of the Legion of Super-Heroes. The funniest moment..? Getting locked out of the Con with Jonny Fairplay.. and beating on the doors to get in.
Convention organizer, Jarrod Greer, has a success on his hands. Over 4000 attended the convention, which was unexpected for the Lexington area. There was at first a question if there was a strong enough interest in a convention such as this in Lexington Kentucky. The turnout was great enough that next year, the con will be expanded to a two day event, held on March 16th and 17th.
We will be posting our show ‘Completely the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention’ featuring highlights and interviews! Stay tuned to Completely Comics!