I’ve gone to the San Diego Comic Con many times in the past and I’ve always enjoyed it. Recently though, all I really do at the conventions is take photos. There are so many people who put hours and days of their time into creating costumes and makeup that it only seems fair for me to show my appreciation of their efforts by taking pictures of them.
People love a good story. In comic books, stories, and books, we always root for the heroes to come save the day. Everyone needs a hero in their life.
One of the most enduring of heroes in television history is the BBC’s Dr. Who series. It’s been on the air for almost 50 years. The protagonist, Dr. Who, is a Time-Lord who travels time and space in various incarnations. However, up until now, all those incarnations have been male.
Speaking of enduring heroes from yesteryear:
A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo Silver! The Lone Ranger! … With his faithful Indian companion Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fight for law and order in the early western United States! Nowhere in the pages of History can one find a greater champion of justice! Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear! From out of the past come the thundering hoofbeats of the great horse Silver! The Lone Ranger rides again!
The Lone Ranger has ridden the radio waves and television screen from before I was born. It’s hard to believe that anyone at Comic Con would still remember and revere this iconic western hero, other than the fact that Disney is producing a movie version with Johnny Depp as the Lone Ranger’s faithful Indian companion, Tonto.
You can’t have a great hero without a great villain. Many, many villains walked the Comic Con halls ranging from Ursula from Little Mermaid to variations on Darth Vader. Here are a few of the best and original-looking baddies that I saw at the convention.
I don’t know what character this woman is portraying. All I know is that with those claws and the huge weapon she’s carrying, she’s probably not as sweet and innocent as her face.
This guy may or may not be a bad guy, but there’s no doubt that he is a Badass.
Whether it’s her uniform, the skull emblem on her hat, or the look she is giving me, I know that I don’t want to mess with her, either.
This is not someone who would be invited to a proper English tea party in the Victorian Steampunk revival.
Even with a pistol pointing at his heart and a machete at his neck, somehow I’m betting this Zombie will win this encounter.
This was just a small sample of my favorite photos from the convention. Next week, I’ll show off the real heroes and villains of the comic book world.