My Adventures at Rose City Comic Con – 2013
Why wouldn’t you spend a couple bucks to meet talented actors, score some amazing artwork, and add some figurines to your collection?
What do you think of when you think of Portland, OR? Is it the Portland Urban Iditarod, Voodoo Donuts, or the silly antics of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein on Portlandia? I think of all of these things, and for the second year running Rose City Comic Con (RCCC) has added itself to my list of what is helping keep Portland weird in a very good way.
Though I did not myself experience the first ever RCCC in 2012, I was able to attend this year, and have the chance to take in all that Rose City Comic Con has to offer.
This year’s celebrity guest roster included Avery Brooks, Billy West and Jewel Staite among many other talented individuals. Some of which provided guests with an incredible amount of entertainment in panels. I was able to sit in on some of the fun with Billy West, and John DiMaggio. If you don’t know much about Billy West I suggest starting off by glancing at the pages of characters he has voiced over the last 30 plus years. Billy’s panel included his impersonations of Philip J. Fry, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, and Zapp Brannigan from Futurama. He also did his Doug, Ren, and Stimpy voices from his work with Nickelodeon. A good portion of the time was spent answering audience questions including how he got started as a voice actor, and what his future looked like now that Futurama had called it quits.
My favorite moments with Billy West were the random things he said like, “What happens in Vegas does NOT stay in Vegas!” When he was asked by an audience member what he planned to do when he learned of the end of Futurama he said, “I plan to wear black and mourn the end of my career.” He had no qualms about mentioning his age when saying, “That’s the beauty of being 63 years old… it’s nice to be able to not give a shit… I’ve been waiting my whole life to be able to call people son, and I’m finally at that age where I can.” The shear talent, and comedy that Billy West exudes is brilliant. I could listen to him talk all day. As for John DiMaggio, I won’t say much right now, as I will be doing a follow up article strictly on his panel that was unforgettable to say the least. So stay tuned!
One thing I can appreciate about RCCC is the artist talent showcased with at least a hundred individual vendors. I met the funny and creative Rich Werner, the original artist for Plants Vs. Zombies. A genuinely nice guy, he spent time talking with fellow WatchPlayReader Jasen and I about art, music and zombies. Not to mention he sketched me a zombie of my very own on the back of a business card.
Other artists worth checking out:
Katie Cook, whose quirky cat themed work caught my eye. Having three cats myself, I enjoyed her mix of felines with unusual props. Like helmets from Star Wars characters, and Dr. Who’s multicolored scarf and Tardis too.
Heather Roy is a photographer with another type of story from Star Wars. The kind where Chewbacca, a Storm Trooper, Boba Fett, and Darth Vader have a sack race!
J Salvador is a comedian in his prints. He takes familiar characters we all know and love, and uses witty one-liners that make you think and giggle all at once.
You can also read my spotlight article here for Baby Tattoo, a book publishing company for artists.
Okay, so most of what RCCC is selling you won’t necessarily be playing with, so the word “toys” should be replaced with “figurines,” or even more so “collectibles.” The plethora of goods for purchase was insane. I had the hardest time keeping my card in my wallet, wanting nearly everything I walked past. Basically, if you’re looking for it, it’s probably here or someone here can get it for you. Like a black market for nerds!
I can’t forget the many colorful people in Costume Play (Cosplay)! From Aqua Man, to Batman, and everything in between. Rose City Comic Con was full of people who just didn’t mind getting dressed up for the occasion. Check out our album on Facebook for more dressed up threads!
My suggestion might be that they offer a bit more in the way of food and refreshments within the confines of the convention itself, as there were limited options within walking distance. Not to mention the weather was terrible the entire weekend, and the cafe’s in the convention center itself mostly served coffee and pastries. Parking was ample, and attached to the convention center so you weren’t forced to walk out in the rain. I suggest that you wear comfortable shoes, and bring a small bag/backpack to hold all your purchases.
Overall I had an amazing experience with my cohorts Brian, and Jasen at Rose City Comic Con. I look forward to attending next year. Because of RCCC a little bit more of my inner geek is shining through.
Did you go to Rose City Comic Con? If so, let me know your thoughts below!