Once upon a time, my sister would have probably slapped me for saying this. But once upon a time, I probably wouldn’t have said it because it wasn’t true. Now it is.
She’s a nerd.
She was once a New Wave-ish, alternative type putting pink in her hair long before suburban moms got bored enough to do the same. Then she was a hippie-type following the Grateful Dead around and even bringing her little sister to a couple of shows.
Now she’s settled into who she feels she really is. A nerd. And that’s totally okay. It’s almost cool to be a nerd. Think about it: Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, even Pokemon. It’s all mainstream. And never is it more apparent than at Comic-Con, held annually in San Diego.
What started as an appreciation of all things comics has evolved into a major showcase of nerdtastic proportions relating to the arts, entertainment, and pop culture.
Yes, my sister has been but she opts for the smaller East Coast version, Dragon Con, held in Atlanta every year. In fact, I suggested that I might go with her this year and she mockingly laughed at me. As if I just wouldn’t get it.
That’s fine. That’s what the online world is for. So I can live vicariously through other people’s adventures and let my inner nerd drool over everything I missed at Comic-Con.
Here’s why I really wish I could have headed out to cavort with the nerds.
I could have seen a preview of The Flash, Season 3
Arguably the best show on network TV, The Flash is a series I recommend for nerdy families like mine. We all love The Flash and were dying when Season 2 ended on another cliffhanger. Fans still have to wait until October 4th but now we have something to whisper about online.
I could have met Captain Cold and Heat Wave
I could have feasted my eyes upon Ian Somerhalder
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Ian always seems to be a fixture at Comic-Con. I think maybe my sister met him? Apparently, he’s in some show called The Vampire Diaries but all I care about is yummy.
I could have gone total fan girl over Lana Parilla.
Have I ever mentioned I’m a superfan of Once Upon A Time? But I probably wouldn’t be if it weren’t for Lana who brilliantly plays the Evil Queen Regina. I love, love, love her.
I could have seen the new cast of the Marvel film, Black Panther
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) July 24, 2016
For those of you that saw Captain America: Civil War (great movie, by the way), you got your first taste of Black Panther a la Chadwick Boseman. We loved him. We loved the character. And now, we know the movie will get the treatment it deserves with a black cast and black director.
I could have felt the excitement of so many new superhero movie trailers!
From Wonder Woman to Justice League to Captain Marvel, there so much to choose from at the movies this year and next. But I can’t help but get a little giddy after seeing the second trailer for the one I’m anticipating so much… Doctor Strange.
But the real reason I wish I went to Comic-Con…
Cosplay is like a dress-up fantasy from childhood gone wild
I usually scour Instagram and Twitter during conventions like these, not so much for the celebrities, but for the cosplay! Not only do I love dressing up in costume but I love the incredible creativity that comes out. Here are a few so you know what I mean.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Want to see what YOU missed? Check out the myriad of hashtags I followed: #comiccon #comiccon2016 #sdcc2016.
And if you’re looking for a good summary of everything that was newsworthy, check out this great summary of everything Comic-Con this year.