Last weekend was an amazing experience, especially since it was my first time attending the Lexington Comic & Toy Con. I happily estimate that well over two thousand people attended the three day event. Saturday alone was incredibly packed with people; so much so that I was not able to conduct much interviewing. I truly wasn’t that worried as it gave me plenty of time to cover all three levels of the Lexington Convention Center ten times over. I was truly swept away to see so many outstanding people in costume. I only wish that I had taken a photo of this spectacular “Evil Queen” who was in attendance.
Let’s see, on the first level of the convention center just passed the entrance, we had a plethora of different groups clashing. Over on the far right corner, the 501st Legion – a non-profit organization made up of dedicated volunteers who love Star Wars & help with amazing causes – had set up shop with a truly realistic mock up of the Death Star’s prison block. In the middle of the floor, there was an exact clone, if you will, of the General Lee from Dukes of Hazard. Then to finish off the entrance way, on the very far left of the floor they had the infamous Ghost Busters.
Once through the double doors onto the main convention floor, an entirely new world sprung into view. My friend and I had no clue where to begin and there were THREE whole floors of wall to wall vendors and celebrity guests. Soon enough I was left to my own devices and thus decided what better place to start with then to scope out the comic and media guests in attendance. Even though I had spent the night before working on a list of questions to ask; I quickly realized that Sunday would be the best day to ask them. As I meticulously made my way through the sea of eager adventures alike – I began my journey. Truthfully I mainly had my radar attuned for any and everything Once Upon a Time. What can I say, I love that show.
Three hours into my excursion, my feet felt as if they were going to walk off without me. Just like always, the main media guests were stationed in the very back of the convention floor as if they were the reward for successfully navigating the vast obstacles in a video game. Anyway, I digress. Ahem, so in line I did venture into – awaiting the chance to meet the one and only “Boba Fett” a.k.a Jeremy Bulloch. I just have to say that he is a truly amazing person and actor; extremely kind.
After I obtained his autograph, I made my way back through the main convention hall and rejoined with a good friend of mine. Words alone cannot describe the energy at this comic convention; you really needed to be there. The rest of the day blurred on by as we made our way to the countless vendor booths on both levels of the convention center. Surprisingly, I did not get to make my way to too many of the panels as I had planned on attending. I strongly believe this to be in part of sheer exhaustion that had overcome my being by the 3:00 PM hour. So, I decided to call it a day and return bright and early Sunday morning.
As the saying goes, “the early reporter catches the interviews”, I bravely gathered my courage and headed back into Downtown Lexington by the six a.m. hour. Not only did I luck out on free parking, I was able to sneak onto the main convention floor TWO whole hours before the general public. I cannot tell you how awesome of a feeling that was to not be elbow to elbow in a sea of people. Things were a lot calmer on the third day of the convention. On this day, I managed to interview four out of the fifteen people I had planned for. When I say “interview”, I mean that between those four celebrities, I have a grand total of maybe five minutes.
The only other comic con I had been too required any press to contact the public relations department and or manager of that person or people you were interested in interviewing. Here at this convention, it took me a moment to adjust to the relaxing atmosphere presented for the fans. After some internal pep talk, I made my way towards the following: Michael Bulloch, Tara Reid, Brian Krause, and Jeremy Shada. All of the above were very professional and inviting; which helped ease my nerves tremendously. After I finished the interviews, I sat down through a few panels and rested my feet.
In review, I had an amazing experience at the 2015 Lexington Comic & Toy Convention. On behalf of the staff of We Love TV, I want to personally thank the organizers of this convention for allowing me an all access pass to cover this event. Also, I want to give a shout out to Brian Krause, Michael Bulloch, Tara Reid, and Jeremy Shada for allowing me to ask each of you a few questions. I look forward to the 2016 Lexington Comic & Toy Convention.