Magic City Comic Con, Ten Months Later

It’s good to take a break from the Japan posts every so often. With only five posts left from that trip, this seems like a good time to detour.

In January of this year, when I’d been back to the US for just over three months, Amelie and I went to the Magic City Comic Con in Miami. I took a bunch of photos while we were there, and I prepped them for posting in the blog. What happened next was that I got caught up in moving into my first new apartment in the U.S. since 2003, and I completely and utterly forgot to post the Magic City photos.

With that said, here they are, and only ten months late.  For the Flash, ten months is an eternity.


Miami Beach party people.  Klingons.  Same difference.


I feel like Rocky Horror is too easy for a Con, but kudos to this chick for finding that jacket.


As with any costume from video games, there’s always a good chance I just won’t get the reference.  And if I never see another Harley Quinn at a con, it’ll be too soon.  Seriously, Harley Quinn and Deadpool are the new Crow – there are far, far, far too many of them at any given event.


This was one of the highlights of the day-  a “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” dance party with Waldo, Ash, Spidey, and the dancing banana.


Adventure Time’s Ice King needed a break from the South Florida heat.


What did I say earlier about all the Harley Quinns? It’s a little more palatable when she’s with a Joker, Black Mask, and Doctor Freeze.


Amelie, a TARDIS, and a Doctor.  I think that’s a Tenth Doctor, but it’s possible she wasn’t going for a specific incarnation.  The vaguely steam-punky TARDIS outfit was pretty nifty also.


There were lots of video-game inspired costumes at this con.


…and a larger than average contingent of DC Comics characters, like this excellent Huntress cosplay.  The Batman Begins Batsuit utility belt painted purple is a nice touch.


A pretty decent Thor, with YAH.  (Yet Another Harley.)


I caught this Airbender on the escalator.


More DC Comics folks-  a Poison Ivy, a Robin, YAH, and a Riddler.


Here’s the reason for all the DC Comics Batman characters-  Kevin Conroy, the voice of the animated Batman since 1992’s “The Animated Series,” was doing a panel.


Also attending this con was Jim Cumming, the voice of Darkwing Duck, Winnie The Pooh, Tigger, and many more.


…and back to the costumes.  I’m not sure what’s going on with Kitty-Thor, but it’s a very fun outfit. mccc-16

As we were headed out at the end of the day, we walked right past a very well done Spawn.


Which do you prefer, Coke, Pepsi, or some other third brand?

Wynwood Art District, Miami


Despite living in South Florida for most of my life, I’d never been to the Wynwood Art District before this trip.  Amelie took me down there earlier this week because she thought I would enjoy it, and she was right.

Wynwood is a neighborhood in Miami, a little bit north of downtown Miami.  The Wynwood art district contains over seventy galleries, five museums, three collections, seven art complexes, twelve art studios and five art fairs.  There are monthly art walks, and more.


The really cool thing about Wynwood, though, is the walls.  The outer walls of the buildings throughout Wynwood are painted by artists.  On a regular basis, the walls are white-washed, and the cycle of art continues.


This next wall was done by Sheperd Fairey, the guy who created the Obama HOPE poster and some other well known art memes.


Some of the art is colorful.


Some of it is really colorful.  This one is my favorite from the area.  I love how the paint “bleeds” onto the sidewalk and over the rocks in front of it.



I can’t look at this one without squealing, “Yellow pig!”



This piece isn’t a painting-  the face is carved into the wall.  The picture that follows is a close-up of the eye.



The largest concentration of artsy walls is guarded by flat tin alien dudes.


The design on this one is pretty nifty.


I walked past this three times without noticing the woman’s genitalia- I was too focused on tthe butterflies in the upper right corner.  It wasn’t until I looked at the picture on my computer that I saw the other bits.


On this piece, the very first thing I noticed was the key in the bottom-most hand.  I still wonder what it opens.


This cafe is fronted by very colorful apparitions that look like they’re trying to escape.  The little red one furthest to the left looks like he’s making it.


It took me .0003 seconds to notice (and laugh at) the little yellow dude’s penis, because I am apparently ten years old.


I think an octopus would make an amazing plumber.


I didn’t spot the kitty right away when I walked by this one.  There are actually several cats hiding on this wall, and I didn’t notice any of them until Amelie pointed them out to me.


The “Road Trip” painting is across the street from Panther Coffee, a pretty great place to stop for some java or tea.


Also across the street from Panther Coffee:  Someone hung this little guy up on the overhead lines.


Ah, Miami life.  A man walks his two little dogs.  I dig the tiny sweater on the second dog.


When I was growing up, ice cream trucks would roam the neighborhoods playing a jingly version of “The Entertainer”  and enticing us to eat sugary confections.  In these modern times, the ice cream and the jingly musical sound are the same, but the trucks have been replaced by pedal power.


Even on the side streets, Wynwood has some amazing work.  The clouds on this explosion of color are fantastic.


There’s a fine, fine line between art and graffiti.  I’m not entirely sure which side of that line this wall occupies.


As we left, the clouds started to get a little bit ominous.  This has the added bonus of making this last photo look amazing.


Does your city have a dedicated art district?

Miami arrival.

This is why I hate Miami International Airport.

On Friday, I landed at around 3:20 in the afternoon.    The passport control line took roughly two minutes.  After two minutes of waiting, the passport control guy apologized to me for the delay-  goodness, I missed American customer service.  I was all the way to the baggage claim a few minutes later.

I spent the next hour waiting for my suitcase to come off the carousel.  I try not to check a bag when I travel for exactly this reason, but I brought beer with me back to the US, and that had to be in a checked bag.  The carousel was spitting out bags for the entire hour-  an Airbus A380 holds a LOT of people.  In Frankfurt, there were three separate jetways going to the A380.  This aircraft is HUGE! But I digress…

After my suitcase finally appeared, the customs line took about four minutes.  It took me another ten or fifteen minutes to get through the little tram-thing that takes you to the rental car center, and then I spent another thirty or forty minutes in line for the rental car.

I hit the road at around 5:20 pm, two hours after my flight landed, and drove directly into Miami rush hour traffic.

Do you have any favorite or least favorite airports?  Do you have any particularly amazing or horrible airport experiences?