365 Does ‘Merica the Cincinnati Comic Expo and More…
Yeah... So its been a fortnight since Chris and myself got back from Cinci and although we shared our experiences on #90, I also wanted to do a cheeky little write up for the website with some lovely Pictures and what not...
First off we have said it about a hundred times but we cant thank Matt and Andrew enough for having us over to the Expo and looking after us leading up to the event. Also to the History of Bad Ideas lads who made us feel so at home as if we have known them for about 20 years instead of the actual 2 and a bit. Meeting them face to face was honestly something i thought would never happen. Special shout out to the Jeffrey Nau for being our chauffeur.
Okay then lets get into this. First off the travelling there was actually not to bad we didn't have movies on the plane but it didn't feel like it took that long. We wont get into coming home just yet but spoilers (it was hellish). We had a two hour lay over in JFK before we got on this tiny bucket of bolts plane with actual propellers hahaha
WE MADE IT!!!
As you can see made it safe and sound and got through Trumps customs no bother. We were met by Jeff who took us to the Cincinnati Millennium Hotel which is actually attached to the Duke Energy Center (where the Expo was taking place). As a way of saying thank you for the lift we asked Jeff if he would like to join us in our favorite British Past-Time. A COUPLE PINTS. Let me tell you people for a lower end of the budget Hotel the Millennium was spot on for us. However American Netflix, no Rick and Morty.
We woke surprisingly fresh and decided to head for breakfast which it turns out is not so easy in Downtown Cinci. The Expo was not going to be opening till the afternoon on the Friday so we decided to visit a local museum, the museum of Freedom, about Slavery and the Civil War and things. Then it was time for the Expo Bay Bay... Time to walk the Expo floor, meet HOBI, check out the Cos-Play and take in some Celebrity Panels.
Chris couldn't help himself... Day 1 Miriam Margolyes Picture and Autograph BOOOSH!!!
Maggie Geha from Gotham!!!
At this point, on the Friday night it still hasn't sunk in. We are in Cinci, we are at a comic Expo with some pimp ass Victor Fries Press Passes, Chris has just met Miriam Margolyes, There is awesome Cos-Play and we are witnessing first hand History of Bad Ideas Podcasting live (its not that impressive really). They are doing Trivia and just generally smashing it. Oh hell guess what we also got to meet Ape Hands Doug which was super awesome and Jeffs brother Jim.
We have covered a number of UK conventions and it has to be said that we are really representing in this area, our cons are going from strength to strength. However this was somewhat mind blowing to me at first the lay out was incredible, no space wasted. The panel rooms upstairs where a thing of beauty. I loved how many actual Comic Book artists and writers there were on the main floor (something I feel some of our events lack). There was a ton of awesome geek shit for you to do aswell, things like the Batman Wall, Get your picture in the G.I Joe case, 360 degree camera shots, an actual remote control Death Star canyon run and So So So So much more.
On Friday night after the show the guys, Jason and Jeff (notice no Blake yet) took us out to show us there favorite Past-Time, Baseball... Nah just kidding Beer and Food... Always Beer and Food.
Day 2, Saturday... Wake up once again pretty damn fresh. Now I feel I should explain something to you all, I am a terrible drinker and by that I mean I never wake up fresh it just does not happen for me so that's why I keep bringing it up hahaha. Day 2 is the longest day of the expo so we had a pretty packed schedule to go with. A fair few Q & As to attend some pretty cool activity's going on and not forgetting we had some Pod Pals coming in so we were real excited to get into this. First though... Breakfast...
It was the breakfast of champions, Coffee and Donuts at Greaters YUMMY.
We get to the Expo and do some floor time. Now would be a good time to talk about the Cos-Play. We are definitely on the same level as the Americans which was something I was wondering but there did seem to be way more at the Expo. However you will be happy to know we are on the right track and the quality we have is right up there.
After some walking around and some cheeky talks including one with the guy who takes pictures of toys for a living for the Kenner display cases (I forget his name, shame on me). We head to see the lads and there he is... No not Blake... Scab Jeff Morris the movie man (I use this loosely) and guess what Big Dev is here also whoohoo. Again meeting all these guys was just awesome. Actually its because of these guys we missed the Wallace Shawn and John Ratzenberger Q&A as they let us humble Brits join in with their favorite Past-Time... Some Beers. Oh and at some point Blake joined us YAAAAAAAAY.
Spared No Exspense!!!
Not even going to lie to you folks... Saturday night got messy when 365Flicks, HOBI and Home Video Hustle Podcast took to Cinci to partake in our favorite Past-Times. Massive shout out to HVH they are a couple of awesome lads. Also Mrs Brigger (Jessica) you need a trophy and yes, you and my wife will get on like a house on fire when you guys come over.
Sunday... Not as fresh but still pretty good. Its back to Greaters before we head back into the Expo for the third day in which I got to fulfill a childhood dream, that's right I got to meet and have my photo taken with Kel Mitchell off of Kenan and Kel. Sunday was a pretty relaxing day, we took in the panel with Mon Mothma from Star Wars and Kevin Sussman (Stuart from Big Bang). Picked up some merch to bring home including some Comic Books and Funko Pops for my daughters.
Dev was back so spent some of the day with all the PodBuddies and guess who shows up... Randall Holt makes an appearance which was so cool to meet a guy who we have only ever spoken to on the Twitters.
That was it for the Expo on Sunday afternoon but again I just have to say how amazing of a job the organizers did with this event, everything flowed beautifully and made sense. You could not have got bored, there was so much to do and again we are so humbled that they had us over for the Expo.
Sunday night was WWE No Mercy PPV something else we never really thought would ever happen we got to watch it with Jason and Jeff at Jason's house, Drinking Jason's beer and we got to have a tour of the glorious BOB Studios, It was beautiful. Oh I also cleaned up in my division of the fantasy league woop woop.
Monday was the long ass journey home... A 16 hour, 4 airports, 3 planes, 2 airport buses and a 50 minute drive before we got home... but you know what it was all totally worth the trip to meet our PodPals, to attend an amazing Comic Expo and meet some stars that I have looked up to for some time. Yeah it was a once in a lifetime experience, Well hopefully not, if they want us back they know where we are.
Again thank you to everyone who made this happen. The Cinci Organizers, Matt the Press guy, HOBI for putting in a word with Andrew, My amazing Wife for not only booking everything but being so understanding and Chris my Co-Host without whom I cant imagine taking this trip. Its been a hell of a 3 years for our humble Podcast and this was an amazing cherry on the top.