A Bookworm’s First Comic Con Experience

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Going to a Comic Con has been a sort of bucket list goal for me since I first learned that they even exist. I’ve always been attracted to the idea of a bunch of people getting together who are all passionate and enthusiastic about fandoms and nerdiness in general. Besides, who doesn’t have a not-so-secret desire to dress up as one of their favorite characters?

You can imagine my extreme excitement when one of my good friends asked me if I’d like to come to the Rhode Island Comic Con with her this past November. My college isn’t that far from Rhode Island and I had no other plans that weekend, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally experience an actual Comic Con.

So, how was it?

I had the best time. 

I decided to embrace my inner trekkie and went as a female Spock from Star Trek. (Yes, those are Vulcan ears!) My wonderful friend and Disney enthusiast went as Mary Poppins, which was absolutely adorable. Little kids kept coming up to her asking to take pictures and I couldn’t help but feel like we were in Disney World and maybe, just maybe, she had actually been Mary Poppins in disguise the entire time I had known her. (I’m still not discounting that theory– she could definitely pull it off!). I had so much fun walking around in my costume and occasionally busting out the Vulcan salute. (Also, bonus points for my fake ears for not falling off even once!)

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As much as I loved the experience of dressing up, it was equally as entertaining to see everyone else’s amazing costumes. From Marvel superheroes and Star Wars characters to pirates and princesses, people really pulled out all of the stops.

Though I had a blast walking around the convention center and perusing all of the geeky goodies for sale, the highlight of the day was attending a Q&A panel with Stan Lee. (Yes, you read that right: the actual STAN LEE.) We got in line well before the event opened because there was limited seating, and I’m so grateful that we were able to get in. As he answered all sorts of questions from audience members I was taken aback by how genuine wit and sense of humor. There was an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and empowerment in the room as we listened to the words of a man whose creativity has influenced our lives in countless ways. It feels so strange to be able to say that I’ve been in the same room as Stan Lee– never in a million years did I think that would ever happen!

My favorite part of this Comic Con experience in general was the feeling of togetherness and unity that seemed almost tangibly present. It’s not every day that you get to be surrounded by so many passionate, enthusiastic, and creative people. It also gave me a great sense of belonging. Sometimes being nerdy and quirky can make you feel isolated from your peers in a sense, but Comic Con helped show me that I should never feel ostracized because of my passions.

Overall, I’m so glad that I had the amazing opportunity to experience my first ever Comic Con. But don’t worry– this certainly won’t be my last!

Have you ever been to a kind of convention like this? If you’ve been to Comic Con before, what did you dress up as? If you haven’t been, what would you dress up as? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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12 thoughts on “A Bookworm’s First Comic Con Experience

  1. So glad to hear your first ComicCon was amazing! I’m going to CC next Sunday (my first time as well) and I’m so excited because Katie Leung and Jason Isaacs are coming and aaaahhhh 😍😍 I really wanted to get a costume but right now I can’t think of anything simple to put together. 😦

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  2. That’s awesome you had so much fun! I’ve been to one Comic Con and I absolutely loved attending the panels. I definitely want to go to another convention next year. My goal is to get a cosplay together before then. I’d love to dress up as Rey from Star Wars!

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    1. There was a whole family dressed up as Star Wars when I went to CC and it was the cutest thing! I agree, I definitely want to go to another one! Fingers crossed 🙂

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  3. It sounds like you’ve had an awesome time! I’m dying to go to a comic con myself and hopefully soon there’ll be one in my city too! I”ve already decided I’ll go as the tardis (god only knows how I’ll walk in it!)

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  4. Glad to hear you had an awesome time! Your costume looks great! 😊 I live over on the west coast, and San Diego Comic Con is sort of a bucket list dream of mine… Someday!

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  5. This sound so so so fun! I’ve heard a lot about Comic Con (especially on vlogbrothers?) and it sounds fun, although I don’t believe they happen in India. Oh well… 🙂 I love you and your friends costume; it’s so so cool!

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  6. I’ve never been to a comic con before, though I really want to go to one one day! I have been to Yallwest, though! It was so much fun meeting authors and other people who love YA as much as I do 😀 AND THE FREEBIES hahah so much free stuff there!

    Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook

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    1. Ahhh I would LOVE to go to a bookish convention like that!! That’s definitely one of my bucket list goals for the near future. I’ll have to keep my eyes out for one that’s local. I absolutely recommend going to a comic con if you get the chance– it’s a blast! 🙂

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  7. Stan Lee *.* That’s a life goal right there!
    I went to my first Comic Con last summer, in Switzerland and it was awesome! I met Kevin Sussman (Stuart from The Big Bang Theory) and got to take a picture with him 🙂
    I cosplayed The Scarlet Witch (huge Marvel fan here :P) and I’m already thinking about what to go as this year. It’s in April so I’ve still got a little time 😀

    Are you already planing your next comic con? If so, where are you going?

    I’m a new follower, btw 😉
    Yasmine @ Swissbookworm

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