For those of you that are unfamiliar with Power-Con, it is a convention dedicated to the fans of the 80’s cartoons for He-Man and the Masters Of The Universe and She-Ra: Princess Of Power. The convention encompasses all aspects of the brand – from the vintage toys of the 80s to the DC Comics series that started in 2012. That’s right, the same company that publishes Superman and Batman publish the comics about the sword wielding, muscle bound ‘Most Powerful Man In The Universe’ out to protect Eternia from the evil forces of Skeletor [insert maniacal laughter here].
My first thoughts of Power-Con was surprise at the smaller size of the showroom floor and the number of vendors, artists, and cosplayers. Though, as I wandered the showroom floor and spoke with some of them, it was a very different and refreshing feeling from some of the larger Cons I’ve been to.
Being able to speak with the folks there in a setting, that had a much more personal feel to it, is why small shows are so much fun. I got a chance to talk to a couple of artists about what mediums they used when working on projects and some of the voice actors about their feelings about their work and how it has held up through the years.
As with many conventions, another cool thing to witness is the enthusiasm of other fans and listening to their conversations with each other and the artists and actors there. These are folks, especially at a convention like Power-Con, that have been fans of the material for decades.
The cartoons and toy lines were fairly popular with kids back in the 80’s, but not as much a few years back when they tried to reimagine the series on Cartoon network, (though there are some who argue that had a lot to do with Walmart and the location of product placement on shelves). The comics however, especially “He-Man: The Eternity War”, have been very popular, attracting artists from other titles such as World of Warcraft, The Flash, G.I. Joe, and the Batman – Ninja Turtles crossover. (And if you haven’t seen the artwork of Dave Wilkins, do yourself a favor and check it out: as it will not disappoint.)
While the convention was smaller than I initially expected, the most important lesson I learned was that this could actually be a really good thing.
Drac just wants to play games on his PC (and occasionally a console), but somehow found himself roped in writing and talking about them as well. Don’t expect anything high-brow though, Drac is just your “common man” gamer and he speaks from that perspective.