This past weekend was the Washington Summer Con in Puyallup, Wa, and though there was a ton of pop culture, and nerdy stuff for the whole family, there was a great emphasis on comic books. That was a bit of fresh air, as comic cons have felt like they've drifted away from comic books and leaned more towards the pop culture and fandom side of the scene.
As mentioned there was something for everyone at the Washington Summer Con. Anime, Toys, Collectibles, Retro Gaming, Art, famous vehicles from TV and Film, lots of Star Wars and so much more. The buzz seemed to be around an abundance of comic book retailers, and the roster of legendary and current comic creators that were on hand the show.
Icons of the comic industry like Jim Steranko, a living legend, whose name belongs mentioned with the likes of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and John Romita. Steranko is known for his work on Captain America
and as a creator of Nick Fury and the Agents of Shield
He was joined by Stan Lee's successor as editor in chief, Roy Thomas, known for introducing the Conan the Barbarian
comic series, did a long run on the Avengers
,wrote the early Marvel Star Wars
series, which may have saved the company during a rough patch in the late 70's, according to the next great comic legend at the show, Jim Shooter.
Jim Shooter got his comic book break at age 14 working on Action Comics for DC, and would eventually go on to be editor in chief at Marvel, overseeing the popular Chris Claremont X-Men
run and Frank Miller's Daredevil
runs, and also launched the popular Secret Wars storyline in the 80's. He even went on to launch one of our favorite publishers, Valiant comics.
The Roy Thomas and Jim Shooter panel was very entertaining and informative. It was great hearing these two legends talk shop!
|Had to get Roy Thomas' signature on a Star Wars comic...|
The other comic guests included the aforementioned Chris Claremont, Jim Lee, Randy Emberlin, and some up and comers such as Blacky Shepherd, who just so happens to be a special guest at our mini con, the Comic Book Swap Meet
This show was stacked with comic book legends, and their tables stayed busy all weekend with fans steadily lined up getting their comics and collectibles autographs.
My personal highlight was the Clerks 25th anniversary reunion! It's hard to believe Kevin Smith's little independent film about a convenience store worker being called in on his day off, would have garnered a cult following as it has, but Washington Summer Con brought together some of the cast so we can celebrate 25 years. Jason Mewes, who portrayed the iconic Jay (sidekick to Kevin Smith's own Silent Bob character), along with the movies main man and lady, Dante and Veronica, played by Brian O'Halloran and Marilyn Ghigliotti respectively.
I'd encountered Mewes a few times, and he is always a class act to his fans, bringing his hilarious personality, which very much parallels his on screen persona, but it was my first timemeeting O'Halloran and Ghigliotti, who were equally as charming and welcoming to fans.
I really think the Washington Summer Con is already one of the best conventions intheNorthwest, and can only get better. I'm excited to see where it goes. I'll be there next year, and so should you!
Enjoy some photos and videos from our friend Gina, including a few from the awesome Summer Con Star Wars exhibit. (https://instagram.com/regina.b.360?igshid=227rxtifo86a
|Lando himself, Billy Dee Williams!|
|Some unsung Star Wars heros (from L to R), Mike Quinn, Corey Dee Williams and Dave Barclay|
This Ninja Turtles van was pretty sweet too. I had to get a photo with the van and Turtles!
Thanks for the great pics and the Jim Shooter signed program, Gina!
Oh and our favorite cosplay from the weekend...courtesy of Triple Click Photo
That about wraps up our eventful trip to the Washington Summer Con. We will be there next year, but in the meantime, come have fun at the Comic Book Swap Meet on July 13th.
Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and He can be reached for comments at firstname.lastname@example.org on twitter at @thestevestrout