Awesome Con 2016 kicks off with strong crowds despite rain
While it was dreary outside with scattered showers in the nation’s capital, the Washington, D.C. Convention Center was kinda awesome. Awesome Con 2016 was packed Friday as the D.C. based pop culture convention kicked off what already looks like it will be another fun-filled weekend.
Friday is always a great day to come out as there’s a little more breathing room. Naturally, Saturday is the busiest day, but Friday is the more laid back day. There’s less crowds so you can spend more time talking to comic book pros like Peter David (at P8), S.L. Gallant (at P11), Mike McKone (at o10) and rising talent hard at work on the next big thing.
I had a blast talking with Mark Texeira, the artist who helped kick off Black Panther’s ascension to top level hero. He was working on a commission project of Hulk from his Planet Hulk era. Cons are pretty great as you can get an up close glimpse of some of your favorites doing what they do best. Texeira was very cool as he paused from his project to show me a screen shot from the credits of Captain America: Civil War, which gave him a special thanks for his contributions to Black Panther.
While the big names are great to connect with the beauty of Awesome Con is learning about upcoming titles or projects you’d never hear about without stumbling through Exhibitors and Artist Alley.
Marcus Williams and Greg Burnham have this really interesting concept called Tuskegee Heirs, which is a futuristic based tale with characters inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen. I’m hoping to profile them soon on the site, but you can check them out at 04.
Serena Loder, who has contributed artwork for my Cosplay Confidential section, has a new title out — Conscripted. Serena said this was her first foray into completely putting together a comic digitally. I’m a fan, you’re likely to dig it too. You can check her out at I11.
Julian Lytle was busy working on sketches and selling copies of Ants at M16.
Celebrity autographs and portraits remain a hot ticket item. Brett Dalton of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., who will be in attendance all weekend, seemed to have a blast interacting with fans. I actually got a chance to speak (briefly) with John Barrowman of Arrow, but sadly couldn’t get a pic of him chatting with fans. Phil LaMarr, Will Friedle and Grey Delisle were having fun with consistently busy lines.
Magfest is likely to be one of the most popular destinations for the entire Awesome Con. They’ve got classic arcade games like NFL Blitz, X-Men, NBA Jam, Mortal Kombat 3 on hand. But the best part? They were all free. I can see spending a considerable amount of time there over the weekend.
As always there’s a ton of cool prints available from artists and cosplayers so make sure to bring plenty of cash and a sturdy bag to protect your goodies.
There’s still two more days of Awesome Con fun so if you were on the fence about it, don’t be. Come out and experience all the fun yourself.