This past weekend, I ventured into my first experience with a Comic Convention. I got my press passes for TerrifiCon in Connecticut, drafted a good friend, Steve, with a history in newspaper reporting, and headed off to the Mohegan Sun Casino.
I went solo on Friday night and checked in. Smooth and easy – Big Fedora Marketing does a GREAT job keeping everything streamlined and easy to navigate. I got my feel for the rooms, the booths and more. I went back to the office mentally making our plan for the rest of the weekend.
Over the next several days, we’ll be sharing our thoughts on what we saw and hope you’ll check them all out.
We’ll get to celebrity encounters and more later on, but for this piece, we talk about the shoppers’ nirvana that is is the exhibitor floor.
The only thing more ubiquitous than elaborate costumes at Terrificon is shopping bags. The entire convention hall was filled with every kind of sci-fi and comic book memorabilia possible and everyone was taking a little piece home.
Norman Hood was just one of hundreds of vendors looking forward to a big day. He specialized in original poster art, which he got from sources he didn’t care to share. The sci-fi art world is a competitive one. Just one kind of art he offered were travel posters depicting famous fictional locales, work that evoked the Works Projects Administration travel posters of the 1930s and 40s. Sunnydale, made famous in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Springfield from The Simpsons. Mill Valley from Back to the Future. Quahog from Family Guy. And, of course, Tatooine and Bespin from Star Wars.
Hood felt a little badly about selling a poster showing Los Santos, the city under siege in Grand Theft Auto V. “I feel like I am encouraging auto theft, but how often do you want to dictate what the market buys?” he said.
He can rest his head easy, however. Hood said it was thanks to him that the U.S. Postal Service started crediting artists on their stamps. An artist he loved had created a larger work of Art Deco inspired space scenes – rocket ships and the like. The Post Office wanted to use the art without credit, and Hood refused to do it unless the artist’s name was on the stamp. So, how does a bit of fictional auto theft stack up against that?
Stay tuned for more stories from inside TerrifiCon!
Reporting by KP & Steve Scarpa