So with my departure date to Canada looming ever closer. I’ve decided I want to leave my tearoa with a bang. No whimpers allowed. So I’m going for a leaving party theme I’ve always wanted. The inaugural (only ever) North Shore Comic-Con. A celebration of all things television, film, cartoons, comics, anime, video games, fantasy and sci-fi books. It’s an extravaganza of everything pop-culturesque that we do in our spare time, only on this occasion we’ll be gushing over them collectively. Discover others who share your passions and interests, engage in rambling rants about which season of Community was the best (hint: the answer is 2). Find those who’ll aid you in reenacting the dialogue of the entire LoTR extended edition (we’ll find a great spot for you down in the laundry chute). Unzip and flop out your sizeable nerd-cred, leaving a mess in your wake. There will still be that crying girl in the corner, only this time she’ll be dressed as a Dalek. Who wouldn’t want to see that?
Of course for an event like this, costumes are mandatory. No dress-up, no entry. Since this is gonna be the last time most of you ever see me, it’d be nice for you to make the effort. You’ve got an absurd range of subject matter to choose from. Come as your favourite Justice League character, Sterling Cooper employee, Pokemon, Street Fighter, denizen of Westeros, Muggle or Wizard, Hunger or Game (sorry, haven’t read that one). You could be Dick Tracey or Buckey O’Hare, ALF or any single Ninja Turtle, your best Jabba, Jubilee or Jub-Jub. The possibilities are near limitless. So find that hero/ine or villain you’ve always identified with and bring them to the fore. Start working on ideas now, you’ve got just over 2 months. Justin has already expressed his interest in coming as Vegeta, complete with polystyrene shoulder pads (despite our pleas for him to go full Neo) which’d be worth dressing up to be able to see.
I’m thinking of throwing in a quiz element with fantabulous secret prizes. Questions will range across all media and texts, something for everyone. Considering finding different themed cocktail recipes (there have gotta be some amazing Spider Man layered cocktails, a green/purple Hulk concoction? Captain America colours?), plugging in some type of game system, maybe even a screening of something obscure and amazing. If anyone can think of any awesome ideas that’d “bring the noise”, lay them on me. I’ll be here downloading a critical mass of awesome TV/movie songs/themes (or I could just stick the 8x slower Jurassic Park theme on repeat) to make one playlist to rule them all.
I’ve still got no concrete idea of what to go as yet, but I’ll be working on it. Part of the fun is thinking of someone with a similar build/look and going from there. The hard part there is that most comic dudes are either lean and athletic or built like a tank. Let’s see how we go with that. I was toying with the idea of Wolverine since he’s short and Canadian, but even apart from the threat of bright yellow spandex (something tough to avoid in the Superhero game), making authentic looking claws is pretty tough without access to shards of metal and welding gear. It’s my last hurrah, I’m going for broke here. Is a halfway decent Venom costume possible? Colossus? Of course it’s not only restricted to comics, movies and TV shows are game too. Anyone in Game of Thrones I could come as? One-Piece shipmates? Planeteers? Do I just skip a shirt, take steroids and come as Adam from Girls?
Too many choices, so little time.