As a comic enthusiast, former drama participant and podcast luminary, I have always been enthralled with the idea of going to ComiCon.  For some reason or other, I never actually made it to a convention until the MSP ComicCon 2016 program.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I wasn’t sure if I should wear my Wolverine costume or do something a little more low-key. After a surprisingly lethargic discussion, the wifey and I both donned Batman undies and Spiderman shirts to browse the wonders of the grandstand at the Minnesota State Fair.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would we be the only non-cosplayers in the crowd? Would there be packs of The Flash walking around? Would it be 10,000 kids and a Wolverine?

The actual atmosphere was a little more subdued than I had expected. There were a handful of cosplayers, including Kaylee and Wash from Firefly and a handful of superheroes. Five days after the event, the only character that stands out in my mind was lady Wolverine in a dress.

Shopping at the convention was a blast. I picked up a copy of Maximum Carnage for the Sega Genesis, a game I haven’t played since I was in roughly seventh grade. Case, book and red cartridge for only $25. What a bargain! It was a gem from Punch Out Gaming, who also had a sweet Zelda stand-alone game on display $175. It turns out, he found it at a garage sale for a couple dollars – I need to start going to garage sales again.

There were a number of places to buy comics, and some hardcore collectors going through every back issue. I admire the hardcore collectors dedication, but I prefer the trade paperback format. I hemmed and hawed about several possible purchases, before leaving the con without a single comic.

There was also a ton of art on display at the convention. My favorite was Javier Avila, Jr., or “Hanzozuken.” He offered a variety of prints on both Marvel and DC characters. His Marvel work was amazing. Check him out on the Instagrams

One area that was conspicuously lacking at the convention was board gaming. There was no Fantasy Flight Games booth, no HeroClix to be seen. One booth had a collection of board game oddities, but they seemed like more of an afterthought. Fortunately, we did find a sweet Jurassic Park game to take home.

All in all, MSP ComicCon was a great experience. It will become an annual event for us – what other ComiCons should we check out? Leave your replies in the comments section, tweet them @tom__awesome, or email them to