I had heard that Comic Con was an event like no other, so I decided to check it out for myself. I drove downtown to Bartle Hall and got my badge to enter a world like no other. You could feel the excitement build around you as you ride the escalator up to a land beyond…Comic Con. Everywhere you turn there are comic books, trinkets, and fantasy figurines. The best part was seeing all the people that dress up in costumes! There were a so many different characters walking around from Lord of the Rings, Maleficent and more!
It’s not just what you see around you that makes you know you have entered a new community with it’s own language and culture, it’s how people talk. It was fascinating listening to people contemplate which characters trumped others. People shouted foreign words to me trying to excite me about their products and what worlds and characters they were representing. I was definitely an outsider not knowing what they spoke of, but it was interesting none the less.
I was even proud to see my friends, The Autism Society-The Heartland, representing. I spoke with one of the representatives who was beaming with pride when I asked what they were doing at Comic Con. Her response touched my heart. She explained that whether people were autistic or not, The Autism Society-The Heartland supported people being unique individuals, and there was no better place to do that then to support the participants of Comic Con. I loved that answer. They even have a new superhero who they were calling ASH. (Autism Society-Heartland or as someone said A Super Hero). Rumorhas it that ASH will be seen more in the future.
So after an hour of being emerged in this land beyond my normal realm I had had my fill and headed home. It’s definitely a world of its own, with a culture and even a language to go with it. People watching was the best! It was exciting, amusing, and I had a blast!
A girl just trying to find her way, stepping outside of her comfort zone, trying new things, and making new friends along the way!