Last weekend we headed up to Chicago for our end-of-summer family field trip. This Windy City trip was a little different from those in recent years in that it did not involve a sporting event, comedy clubs, bar-crawls, or stuff like that. On the agenda: Chicago Comic-Con and the Field Museum.
to THE Batmobile!
The Chicago Comic-Con, aka, Wizard World Chicago, has been a Beemsville favorite for years now. It’s always fun to look around at the memorabilia, talk to comics creators, see the folks dressed up as their favorite characters, and generally revel in the geek culture. In the past, objectives have involved networking, learning about making comics, or listening to favorite writers and directors speak about their craft. This year, we focused squarely on the kids.
With our two and nephew in tow, the kids decked out in costumes, we patrolled the convention floor, taking it all in, posing for photos, and looking for the best deals on books. I quickly realized that the prices on trade paperbacks and graphic novels meant a transition to shopping mode (50% off and higher on trades and hardbacks), and having come to the con with a goal of getting a bunch of comics reading material for my girl and the nephew, I was on the hunt.
Somewhat unfortunately, as anyone familiar with comics these days can attest, most of the reading material is geared at teens and above. You don’t really want your 7-9 year old reading most of the superhero titles these days (an ongoing an much discussed problem in the comics industry). But there are some titles for the little guys, and we found a new Super Friends book, Tiny Titans, and some Star Wars Clone Wars stuff. Also picked up some copies of the acclaimed Bone books (which my girl has already finished), Owly for my youngest, a big beautiful hardcover Marvel Superheroes reference book for the nephew, the Mice Templar trade, a Power Pack hardback, and a handful of trades for myself. Continue reading