I finally got a temping job, just for three days, but! But! It was for three days of working at:
Portland Wizard World Comic Con 2014
I was expecting there to be odd things--costumes mostly--but before I even got past the convention hall lobby, there was a guy dressed as Darth Vader in a kilt, riding a unicycle, and playing the bagpipes.
Well, of course there was! This is Comic Con!
Of course this makes sense to me now, but I was surprised to see that most of what Comic Con is, is comic books and comic book artists' art. The convention center was rows and rows of displays of art, comic books, comic book-related paraphernalia, such as t-shirts and hats and action figures and mugs and etc. And also computer games, movies, etc.
Celebrities that were at Comic Con included: Stan Lee, William Shatner, and Adam West--all of whom I did not see, due to their often being behind a curtained-off area with long lines of people waiting to see them and pay for photo ops and autographs.
However, I did catch glimpses of other celebrities : Ron Perlman, Robert Englund, Summer Glau, Billy Dee Williams, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Norman Reedus (Walking Dead), and a wrestler named CM Punk. There were others, too. It was easy to know where to look since they had their own sections with lines of people waiting to meet them, but it would have been helpful to have a little more info on who they all were. However, if you are a fan, I guess you would know, and some people did seem to be there just to meet the celebs. They all charged for photos and autographs, too, and based on the lines, I think they did pretty well!
It occurs to me, writing this, that if there were a Comic Con (and costumed participants) in Holland, Michigan, then that would be a real head-turner for sure. But in Portland, not as much?
I kind of wanted to be able to flash my 3-day wrist band around, but of course I was working the whole convention. On the bus home one night, though, I did connect with a couple of other comic con wristband wearers: a girl dressed as Princess Mononoke ("Mononoke Hime" in Japan--that's right, I know some stuff! Well, just that, actually...), and a guy wearing a green ski cap and sweatshirt, and Mountain Dew-logo covered pants. He also commented that he had had a sort of wrestling champion type belt, but it was his friend's and he had to give it back. I asked him who he was, a Mountain Dew Champion? And he said, yeah, something like that. So, there you go.)
Maybe next year, I'd like to go back again for a day, because I want to see the Star Wars one-act play and some of the other stage shows and I would love to see some of the panel discussions. Wouldn't you like to hear what kinds of questions people ask William Shatner? I would!
BTW: It's been years since I've done a direct customer service job, and I have renewed respect for anyone who does this day in and day out. Even with most of the customers being easy-going, well-mannered Comic Con fans, this job still wiped me out!