A few months ago, the Weather Wizard decided that the Stephen Amell convention known as “Heroes and Villains Fan Fest” needed to be waylaid by some serious blizzard action. The storm hit our region hard and dumped approximately three feet of the white stuff on our Metropolis and it was not only enough to cancel the Saturday portion of the convention, but the respective mayors and governors put their areas of control under a “stay in your house” lock down by turning off mass transportation and overall mobility while the snow was cleared. Reaching the convention for the Sunday session would be all but impossible unless you had checked into a nearby hotel on Friday night. Fast forward to now when the convention was rescheduled for the warm summer month of July at the same location with most of the same guests that were supposed to appear that last time and here we go with an exploration of the Saturday part that I attended as a member of the online media. It was a very fun day for sure and here is my first chapter of visuals.
You always run into a Joker like this at such an event. I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂
Caught up with Batman and Superman who were very apologetic about a certain film. Don’t worry guys, that new “Ghostbusters” isn’t your fault. That’s what they meant right? Right?
These chaps are members of the 501st Legion and they are Star Wars Galactic Empire cosplayers. Pretty intimidating stuff for sure. Darth Vader was heading off on other business for the Empire but I snagged a photo of him just before he moved on.
The various garrisons of the 501st Legion even have trading cards for themselves and I was able to get one of each of these. Sadly there was no Vader card or Emperor and Boba Fett. Oh well. Perhaps at another convention I will luck out.
Lots of cool vendors who were vending stuff that all us geek minded folks enjoy.
The lovely Nicoline Evans who is a fantasy author. We’ve met before and I think it was at NYCC. It was nice to see her and I hope she had a great convention this weekend.
Two iterations of Green Arrow cosplay on point at H&V. One from the Silver Age and one from the Golden. To the Arrow Cave. Yeah the second one had that actually.
Here’s one of the many panels that was happening this weekend. Everyone was listening intently to the speakers for this one but I am unsure which panel it actually was.
A quick zoom upon the participants made me feel this was an “Arrow” panel and pictured left to right are Charlotte Ross, Neal McDonough, Echo Kellum, Katie Cassidy and Paul Blackthorne and a moderator.
This colorful cosplayer was handing out “Wanted” posters to kids so they could find her friends wandering the convention and win prizes for doing so. A great idea for sure.
This couple was very excited for the upcoming “Suicide Squad” film. That opens in August in case you are not sure.
A booth with bite for sure is Horror Show Jack’s as he and his vampiric denizens
Joining him at the booth was this emerald lass known as Absinthe The Green Fairy. She looked awesome and it was great to meet her today as well.
Some amazing Lego figures were available for purchase.
The Sensational Spider-Gwen but sadly she had left her drumsticks in the bands van. Next time right.
Our friend Minnie d’Moocha was on point as Hawkeye or “Hawkette” as I called her today.
Yes despite what you have seen in the blockbuster film “Deadpool” he was STILL looking for Francis.
This is how you are supposed to look when you are the Green Goblin my friends. He was downright scary as well. Had a Spider-Man mask in one hand and a pumpkin bomb in the other.
I’m told you never want to be around Harley Quinn when she has a smile like that on her face.
A mother and daughter in Cosplay and perhaps the most adorable little one doing Harley Quinn I have seen to date. She was shy at first but a silly voice and goofy faces won her over for this photo.
These guys were representing something called “The Pure” and you can explore more about that at the close with the link.
Terrific Golden-Age Flash and his convention teammate Supergirl.
Go ahead Negasonic Teenage Warhead, finish your tweet while I try to snag a photo. I do have all day after all.
For me this was a hero of another type – behold Chocolate Milk Man or Nesquik Man, whichever you prefer. Yes the brand was doing outreach and handing out delicious chocolate milk to those convention attendees who were heading in.
The Mandalorian Merc or as I joked during our conversations “Amandalorian” Mercs. I had already used “Barbara Fett” years ago and had to come up with something equally terrible. There you go.
The line to meet Hayley Atwell was getting long. I was told that her meet option was on the pricey side as well. Depending on who you wanted to meet the price range could be from $50 to over $100.
Here’s a broad view of a number of the signing tables. This works just like the NYCC does and you pay the celebrity for a signed photo or photo with them using your preferred device.
Alright readers, I need to get some rest but don’t you worry I have a couple of more posts to share with you from this adventure. I’ve decided to do this the same way I do my NYCC stuff with only “50” photos per posting so you can absorb all the coolness and those folks mentioned here can find themselves with little difficulty. While you wait for my return please click on some of the website links below to lend some needed support the folks we met. I am sure they would appreciate it very much. You can also peruse our Official Instagram and see some different images from the convention by clicking HERE.
Heroes and Villains Fan Fest: http://www.heroesfanfest.com
501st Legion: http://www.501st.com/
Absinthe The Green Fairy: https://www.facebook.com/absinthethegreenfairy
Mandalorian Mercs: http://mandalorianmercs.org/
Nicoline Evans: http://www.nicolineevans.com/
Top Notch by Design: http://www.topnotchbydesign.com/