I am sitting in Caribou, performing my daily ritual of journaling, checking email, catching up on paperwork, and brainstorming ideas. It seems to be an exhausting morning for me, and it is, usually. I am trying to remember the different things I need to get done for the next events coming up: The Principal Charity Classic and Comic Con.
Looking through the Comic Con website this morning, I had the crazy thought: this is my convention! Yes, I had to laugh at myself for that. I believe it is true, though, because I was born into the comic world, even if it is by name alone. Who knew that by being named after my grandfather, I would be brought into a daily costume for me to wear?
If you think about it, my name is Jimmy Olsen, and I can go to any costume party already in costume, all thanks to the creators of Superman. It took me years to start embracing the gift I was given. I have been to every Comic Con since it started coming to Des Moines. Unfortunately, I missed the opportunity to meet Dean Cain the year he was here due to work obligations. Jimmy Olsen, meeting one of the guys that played Superman: that would have been cool, right?
Growing up was interesting; who knew Hollywood was going to produce four Superman movies with Christopher Reeves? From there I get the questions (How is Superman? How is Lois Lane?), though not as much anymore. After a while, I just roll with it. I had the years of annoyance of hearing it time and time again, but now that has changed.
Now, I embrace it. I annoy people because I AM a big kid, wearing my Superman cap most everywhere I go. I become giddy knowing Comic Con is coming to Des Moines June 1st through June 3rd. The costumes, the vendors, and the friends I run into every year all make for a great escape for a few hours a day, not to mention the opportunities to meet different stars, producers, writers, artists, and all the fans.
If you have not taken to opportunity to visit Comic Con, make this year your year. I hope to see you there.