My Weekend at ComiConn: A Review
This past weekend, June 30th and July 1st I had the opportunity to attend ComiConn at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, hence the spelling of the name of the convention. I had never been to a convention that was held inside a casino before, and it was a unique experience. The convention itself was put on by Altered Reality, the same group that put on the Rhode Island Comic Con that I attended in November. This was a very similar setup, very organized and easy to navigate. Everything was set up in a way that allowed even the cosplayers in the largest and most cumbersome costumes to navigate with ease, and there were some folks with some seriously elaborate costumes that added several feet to their height, width and breadth!
I attended the con with my wife, Ashes, and she was instrumental to some of the interviews I was able to get. One of the guests we were really interested in interviewing was artist Holly Golightly and we were finally able to get some time with her–she immediately complimented the dress Ashes was wearing, as well as her pink and purple hair.
The convention started around 10 am and went until 7 pm, and there was more than enough to keep you occupied throughout the entirety of the event. Between the various panels and trivia contests, the vendors selling movies, art, collectibles and more, the artists and the celebrities you will be hard pressed to be able to find a dull moment during your day. And you never know what’s going to happen during these types of events, as evidenced by Ross Marquand (who made one of the most unexpected and amazing cameos in Infinity War) casually mentioning that he would like to play Moon Knight in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While nothing but an offhand answer to a question asked by a reporter, it nevertheless sent shockwaves of speculation throughout the comic sphere of influence. Sadly, this was not my question, but I did get a chance to interview a few other notable folks.
I chatted with Tara Reid (American Pie, Sharknado series), Arthur Suydam (artist for the Marvel Zombies and Walking Dead comics), Booker T (former WWE Champion and WWE Hall of Famer), the aforementioned Holly Golightly (BroadSword Comics), and Kane Hodder – he was Jason Voorhees in four of the Friday the 13th films, including Jason X!
It was an incredible time and I highly recommend attending this con. Foxwoods was a great venue for this event because in addition to the stuff available at the con, the resort offers all kinds of options for entertainment and dining after the convention ends. Did I mention the free parking? Because there’s free parking. I’ve been to several cons where parking is an additional expense, but this is not one of them. Between the various vendors, artists and guests you are definitely going to find something or someone who is a part of your fandom, and you’re going to have a great time.
Stay tuned for more articles in the coming days about this convention and the interactions I had with different guests and attendees.
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