Where do you go in Las Vegas in June when the temperatures reach a scorching 111 degrees Fahrenheit during the day? You head to the cool comfort of a convention center floor at the South Point Casino & Spa for the Amazing Las Vegas Comic-Con!
Okay, maybe you didn’t, but I sure did. It was my first “Amazing” show and it was a treat to see some of my favorite comic creators (John Romita Jr, Mark Bagley, George Perez, Kevin Eastman, Steve McNiven, Charles Soule, and dozens more), grab an array of hard to find collectibles and artwork, and check out all the cosplay that Sin City has to offer. As a bonus, fan club groups like the 501st and R2 builders were there alongside a mini Arcade Expo that featured a number of classic consoles set up for gamers to play against each other as well as vintage stand up arcade machines like Burger-Time and Donkey Kong.
But some of the biggest Amazing Las Vegas Comic-Con highlights came from panels featuring special guests from comics and television. Former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter (the man behind the original “Secret Wars”) regaled the audience with tales from his time starting out as possibly DC’s youngest writer at age 13 and having possibly the world’s most hated curmudgeon of a boss. He had such an endless collection of stories on tap about his comic creator colleagues that he eventually just asked the crowd to shout out names of their favorite comic idols, which led to stories about Frank Miller, Bill Sienkiewicz, and more that might get him in trouble some day.
At other points in the weekend, fans got to chat with John Romita Jr and Greg Capullo, Rob Liefeld talked about the upcoming Deadpool movie, and Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, hosted a movie screening and pizza party. But probably the most infamous panel featured actor John Barrowman (Captain Jack on “Doctor Who” and “Torchwood”, Malcolm Merlin on “Arrow”) at his saucy best, taking questions from the packed crowd and answering them in the most ribald and raucous way he knew how. He discussed his biggest acting and signing roles, meeting his entertainment idols, and openly discussed his relationship with his husband, Scott, often at Scott’s expense.
But don’t take my word for it, check out the whole panel courtesy of the good people at Parks and Cons, who captured the whole panel on video. Be warned, though, if you’re rather young or you’re offended by thinly veiled sexual innuendo, this might not be for you. But for anyone who’s a fan of “Doctor Who” or “Arrow” and loves to laugh, click that PLAY button now! (the actual panel begins at the 1 minute mark and runs for an hour!)
In all, it was a great time for all who attended, whether you were a longtime comics collector, a cosplayer, or just a family who wanted to get out of the heat and try something new (kids under 10 were free all weekend!), Amazing Las Vegas Comic-Con was the place to be for accessible comics-based fun for everyone!
Here’s just a sampling of some of the great people we found at Amazing Las Vegas Comic-Con 2015…
If you’re looking to check out more shows from the Amazing Las Vegas crew, you can catch their upcoming shows in Houston, TX and Hawaii this year and their follow ups to Amazing Arizona and Amazing Las Vegas Comic-Cons in 2016.