The loudspeaker cut through the low roar of chatter on the convention center floor. "Attention: Carrie Fisher is in the building." The former Star Wars babe slipped in and out of the building like Elvis; we never saw her.
Fisher's heralded arrival began day two of Dallas Comic Con at the Irving Convention Center. The day was short, but business was brisk; prices were slashed as the afternoon wore on, and 50 cent comics attracted kids clutching dollar bills. The room was crowded with costume-clad fanatics, including the likes of Spider-Man and more obscure characters in homemade get-ups. Abundant people watching opportunities weren't the only good thing about the convention.
Read on for the top 10 reasons you should've spent Sunday among the ranks of the nerd nation.
10. "Geek amusements and accoutrements" at the Piranha Toys booth.
Wonder Woman star-spangled granny panties were mostly gone by Sunday
afternoon, but plenty of "Mr. T in Your Pocket" keychains remained. When
my boyfriend and I couldn't stop giggling at Mr. T's commands ("Don't
gimme no backtalk, sucka!"), the booth manager came over and said, "The
keychains are $8." Point taken, sir.
9. An autographed photo of Burt Reynolds for $40. It's a sad day in America when a Reynolds autograph costs less than a tank of gas. Ladies?
8. The stuff you'd never consider buying. On that list: Reservoir Dogs action figures, a Munsters family portrait, grenade zipper charms, a $100 Alien figurine. No, no and no.
7. A life-size Arnold Schwarzenegger clad in black leather Terminator gear. When asked to speak about his recently revealed love child, he stared silently without comment.
6. Swords at Milo's Cutting Edge. Legions of teenage boys crowded in front of this booth, gazing longingly at swords, knives and generally anything with a sharp edge. Milo's sells replicas of swords featured in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and even a king's helm.