If you want to learn about how to spend as much money as possible (in as little time as possible) at Planet Comicon (Feb. 16-18 in 2018), then this is the post for you.
Because when you take a four-year-old boy (my nephew) to a Planet Comicon, there WILL BE the constant drum of “I want that.” Who am I kidding. Even if you take a forty-something year-old boy — yours truly–there’s the same chant. But, perhaps, without the same volume. No. The bigger kid’s volume is much worse.
Now … I’ve taken my kids in the past, but the youngest I believe I braved was “D” when she was six or seven. And she was well behaved because she HAD to meet Chewbacca. (I believe she gave me a good brow beating because she wanted Peter Mayhew in costume. A common occurrence I’m sure.).
Regardless, here’s how you keep a four-year-old entertained at Planet Comicon:
At Planet Comicon … You Look at Lightsabers … Lots and Lots of Lightsabers
Now, it’s important to set aside $7-10 for the relatively disposable (soon to be broken) version from a nearby vendor. They are in fact strategically placed. After oohing and ahhing … a preschool child can be placated with a lesser version. The forty-year-old child cannot.
You Hunt the Entire Planet Comicon Exhibition Floor for Wolverine
Wolverine is … so worth it!
You Evade Expensive LEGO Displays AND Retro Video Games
There is often plexiglass that prevents a four year old from touching awesome LEGO displays. Your 36-year-old “kid” brother and you — we’re chastised twice for breaking the “no touching” policy. We should know better.
At this stage in life, the kid demonstrates some button mashing skill in the Tapcade Entertainment Area … but … here’s how I work our PS4 …
You Keep Him From Interrupting Your Buddy’s Planet Comicon Panel
He asked questions quietly of those of us sitting in the row.
While I proceed to heckle my buddy about how he maimed his friend performing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle stunt.
You Play Planet Comicon Business Card Race
While you’re doing all of these things you’re constantly on the run — with little ability to pay attention to the fine proprietors. So … you’re quickly collecting business cards based on instant attraction. And because you feel bad. It’s not like we could stop and chit chat.
Besides, I have some weird attraction to business cards …
Last year, I collected cards from the following:
Shankalonian — Dude! Gadget parts recycled into X-Wing and Tie-Fighter Art. Oh boy, hands off for both me and the nephew. But for very different reasons.
Ultra Sabers — As previously mentioned, we stared at these Lightsabers for nearly an hour. Like a moth to the flame, folks.
And … finally … before you leave for the day, you absolutely must buy your nephew some Greg Horn art prints. Did I tell you that you get a discount if you buy five prints?
Whether you’re four or forty, how do you roll at Planet Comic Con? We’d love to hear how in the Comments.