Awesome Con: Fandoms, Comics, and Celebs Gathered in D.C.
Bringing a close to March and kicking off April, I had the chance to attend what may be one of the biggest conventions in the Washington, D.C. area, Awesome Con. For those not familiar, Awesome Con was first launched in April of 2013 by Ben Penrod who launched Annapolis Comic-Con and Southern Maryland Comic-Con previously. Penrod himself started out traveling the country selling comic books.
This year, on the convention’s fifth anniversary, the guest list featured a variety of people from comic book creatives like Dan Jurgens (The Warlord, Green Arrow, The Death of Superman) to film and television stars like Stephen Amell (Arrow), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), Cress Williams (Black Lightning), John Barrowman (Firefly, Arrow), and John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Pacific Rim Uprising).
Smallville fans got to meet and hear from the Man of Steel himself, Tom Welling, in his first ever convention appearance. On Sunday, Welling joined his former cast member Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luther) to talk about the CW’s first DC comic-based show. John Boyega sat down with Entertainment Tonight host Ash Crossan to discuss his work. You can check that video out on Awesome Con’s YouTube channel.
My first ever convention experience was at Awesome Con two years ago and the organizers do a great job of making sure the event gives fans something different every year. There weren’t as many panels that I wanted to attend this year, but that meant that I was able to spend a lot more time this weekend on the exhibitor floor, checking out artists. In previous years, I spent a lot of time running from panel to panel.
Through that exploring, I came across Terry Huddleston. The artist came to D.C. all the way from Indiana to attend Awesome Con. Terry’s set up caught my eye immediately, with colorful images displayed high above some of the other exhibitor setups. When I asked how he knew art was the path for him, he explained that he didn’t actually get into it professionally until he was 28 years old.
“I really didn’t care about art until I was a pre-teen. Really, it was a way for me to make movies back then. They didn’t have all this fancy equipment available for broke people so you had to draw your movies. It’s obviously what a comic book is, but I didn’t think of it that way. I was just like ‘Hey, I’m going to draw my movies!'”
After spending time working jobs here and there and serving in the military, Terry found his passion for creating art and never looked back. He knew it was risky, but knew he had to step out into that passion. You can check out and support Terry’s work on DeviantArt and follow him on Facebook, and Instagram.
Awesome Con is a great place for artists young and old to be inspired, fans to interact with cosplayers and those behind their favorite comics and movies. The convention was pretty much owned by a number of Black Panther and Deadpool cosplayers roaming around throughout the weekend.
I would definitely recommend attending next year for those who didn’t come out this year. Hopefully, I’ll be there as well! To see more pictures from my time at the convention visit my blog.
Next year’s Awesome Con will be held on April 26-28th, 2019.
Kira McCall covers entertainment for MFST. She’s a freelance writer and alum of Towson University where she studied advertising, public relations, and creative writing. Follow her on Twitter at cocovanilla45 (GirlsofManyFandoms) and kiramira_.
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