Comic-con has quickly become something I look forward to the whole year. This year my girlfriend and I attended in costume: she as Alice from American McGee’s Alice: Madness Returns and I as Jack from Bioshock (in the picture below, I’m the more accurate Jack [that is to say, the guy on the left]). We each got to strut our stuff on stage at the costume contest, in addition to seeing some really creative and innovative costumes, a few of which you can see below.
One of the highlights of the weekend for me was getting to see an advance screening of the film Unicorn City, a Don Quixote-inspired story of a group of role players who go off into the woods to form their own utopian community. The makers put it together on a scant $1 million budget and they really pull off a well-made piece of cinema that does not have that cheap feel of some independent films (Primer, for example, is a cheap-looking, albeit well made, film). The best part about it is it is really well-written and genuinely funny from start to finish. You can check them out on Facebook by searching for “Unicorn City” or follow them on twitter (@unicorncity). It was really moving to see writers Brian and Adrien Lefler get choked up as they thanked the audience after the screening. I really hope their project ten years in the making gets the wider distribution it so clearly deserves.
If you’re an aficionado of comic books, video games, and all that good stuff that has been lumped together in that umbrella that is “geek culture,” you owe it to yourself to get to Comic-con in one of the other cities it will be in (or are among one of the lucky ones to have tickets for the big one in San Diego). Put together a costume, or just grab a camera and have fun!