Comic Con Comes To Casper
It was a comic lover’s dream. In fact, it was the dream of all types of nerd-comic fans, toy collectors, anime enthusiasts, etc. When the Ford Wyoming Center hosted Casper Comic Con on Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27, it put together a real mishmash of all things nerd-dom.
As you entered the arena and walked down the stairs, you could see all kinds of colors, costumes, concepts, and builds. Look to your left and there was Harley Quinn. Look to your right and you’ll see The Shredder, along with an adorable Baby Mutant Ninja Turtle. Keep walking a bit and you will see characters from Dragon Ball Z or Death Note. Cruella DeVille has just passed by and you are both fascinated and terrified by her.
Casper Comic Con, now in its third year, is a chance for fans of all kinds of different things to come together and have their say. They can dress up, they can sell their art, they can talk to like-minded people about the things they are most passionate about. It’s a place where people have fun.
“Are you happy or are you pissed off right now?” asked Clint Randolph, the director of Casper Comic Con. “You have a lot of people that come to these things that just want to have a good time. And they know they’re not going to get in trouble and they can just go out and have fun. That’s why I’m doing it. this.”
Randolph said that Monday through Friday his “day job” was working at an elementary school. Hosting Comic Cons is like a vacation, he said. And it’s easy to see why.
All manner of vendors lined up on the arena floor of the Ford Wyoming Center. They sold toys, artwork, comics, and clothing. Steampunk outfits were sold right next to a table selling knitted elephants. Many authors sold their books, as did jewelers offering their creations. It was like Christmas for comic book fans and there really was something for everyone.
There was even a legend in the field of dubbing. Voice actor and comedian Mark ‘KidWok’ Britten was on hand, signing autographs and taking photos with fans. Britten voiced several characters for the famous Dragon Ball Z series that aired in the late ’90s and he’s a veteran of many drawbacks.
“It’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever been to,” he said.
There was a costume contest hosted by Shredder, Krang, and Baby Mutant Ninja Turtles. But even though only one family was able to win, many designers were able to show off the work they had spent weeks preparing.
And that’s the thing about Comic Con. It’s more than just a place to come and buy a figurine or a work of art. It’s a way for people to express themselves. It’s a place to fit in. It’s a place to wear what you want, do what you want and be who you want.
Casper Comic Con
Photos from Casper’s Comic Con