The Hook Hits Comic-Con!

As adults we have very “special days” to look forward to – we’re too busy making sure days like Christmas are special for the rugrats to really enjoy them –Β  so today was a day of great significance for The Hook.

Here’s why:

You have to love comic book artists; where else can you see an Alien pet Krypto the Super Dog?

Normally I’d have to load the family into “The Hookmobile” (otherwise known as a mini-van) and spend few hours traveling before I can enter Nerdvana. So it was a nice change to put on my coat and walk through a set of double doors leading to the Promised Land five minutes later!

VampireLover was disheartened by the lack of, you guessed it, vampires, – fictional or otherwise – but she dis get to point and whisper, “Geek, Nerd, Freak” over and over.

Unfortunately for my wife, there is a big difference between The Undead and The Brain Dead.

Nevertheless, between myself, the wife and our thirteen-year-old-going-on-thirty daughter, there was something for everyone.

  • Plenty of “special people” for the wife to… marvel at.
  • Buttons, pins, Archie digests and assorted goodies for my daughter.
  • The original -and greatest – Robin of them all: Burt Ward.
  • Plenty of new friends and contacts for The Hook.

Case in point:

This stunning piece comes to you courtesy of a gentleman by the name of Gord Shipperbottom, who like millions of other creative souls, merely wants to share his artistic vision with the world. You can check out his work here and he certainly wasn’t the only talented souls at the ‘con; I met another cool dude (is “dude” still in?) named Mike Hogue whose creation, Jinx The Black Cat, is a fun, whimsical, all-around cool cat.

I can barely manage to construct a straight line – even with a ruler – so artists have my respect and admiration.

SIDE NOTE: VampireLover just walked by with a pair of scissors and snipped a quarter-inch of hair off my rapidly-balding head! No reason, she just “felt like it.” apparently. Ain’t love grand?

In short, my humble home got a major upgrade this weekend and became the epicenter for comic book coolness, not to mention horror chills, celebrity gawking thrills and… well, I got nothin’ to go with “spills”, so that’s it for now.

I’ll revisit the Niagara Falls Comic-Con in the future; so long for now, folks.


About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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41 Responses to The Hook Hits Comic-Con!

  1. wherethedaytakesme says:

    Sounds awesome, fun, and crazy all rolled together.

  2. jumpingpolarbear says:

    Never grow up Hook. Even if they call you a nerd :).

  3. twindaddy says:

    I think it’d be neat to see one of these one day.

  4. Careful… sounds like VampireLover is making a voodoo doll with your hair.

    Glad you were able to walk five minutes to the comic-con!

  5. iamnotshe says:

    FUN! Hey, on this cruise ship i was on for me and my honey’s vakay, we saw some awesome stand-up comedy. That was one of my fav. “onboard” activities. We must have hit every show.

    Have a blast … and even-out your hair!!! πŸ˜‰

  6. Woman says:

    Is Mrs The Hook wanting to clone you???

  7. The Guat says:

    Dude! I’ve been waiting to hear about this adventure of yours for weeks now. Weeks! I’m so glad that it’s finally here for you and that you are having a blast. Very cool poster. Very. Can’t wait to hear about your Comic Con adventure in the next post πŸ™‚ Hook it up πŸ™‚

    • The Hook says:

      I’ll do what I can… We lost a good friend Friday night, but we didn’t hear the news until Saturday morning, a few hours before the ‘con. So my enthusiasm was definitely effected.

  8. mairedubhtx says:

    So glad it finally came to pass and was everything you’d hoped it would be (without the hair-cutting; you probably weren’t anticipating that). The Red Squirrel wasn’t exactly what I would have envisioned.

  9. Another Comic Con to go to …Yeee haaa. It truely is nerdvana.

  10. Anna says:

    Ah, I’d love to go to Comic Con- just another reason I need to come harass America for a few weeks!

  11. Jo Bryant says:

    Hmmmmmmm…I am wondering the same thing as Woman…

  12. “You have to love comic book artists; where else can you see an Alien pet Krypto the Super Dog?”
    Don’t mean to brag BUT; here; right here in Oz. Her name is ‘Sweetie’ and she can do anything that Krypto guy can do….. and she doesn’t need a cape to prove it…!!!!! πŸ˜‰
    Gotta love dogs…! (and cats)… ! πŸ˜‰
    Well; that’s Comic Con ‘handy reach’ for ‘nother year..!

  13. jlheuer says:

    Sounds great. I’m currently reading ” Locke & Key” by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodroguez. I highly recommend.

  14. raisingdaisy says:

    I love your family, you’re all so perfectly suited to each other and you have such great times together. πŸ˜€ I’m glad there was something for everyone at the Con. I’m like you, I can’t even draw stick figures, so I, too, marvel at people’s artistic abilities. I love the look of Jinx the cat! πŸ™‚

  15. mj monaghan says:

    Burt Ward – the absolute best Robin. Can’t believe you get to see him. Congrats.

    Oh, and just make sure the wife doesn’t “misplace” your DNA at some crime scene, my friend.

  16. Val says:

    Sounds like you had a great time! Sorry about the hair loss!
    And Jinx is really cool!!

  17. giselzitrone says:

    Hollo Hook Coole Bilder GrΓΌsse dich mal Herzlich und sage einfach nur mal Hallo. Gruss Gislinde

  18. aFrankAngle says:

    Between not being into comics and not being about to discover clever ideas on what to do with hair clippings, I’m stuck … but I did want you to know that.

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