It’s hard hosting the Bankies after such distinguished hosts as Tony Goins, Tom Williams, and Dara Naraghi, but let me give it a shot. We’ll depart from the opening monologue and get right to the awards.
The Beating the Sophomore Slump award: Jesse Noble and the rest of the organizers of the Gem City Comic Con. As Andy said, “I don’t know what it is they are doing, but they are doing it right.” Another great show.
The Jericho Breaking the Walls Down award: Wright State Student Union. The temporary wall was moved aside to double the size of the small press room.
The Uncool Perv award: The loser who dumped his He-Man porn zine on the giveaway table where kids were picking it up. Next time just distribute it to those of us who want it. [UPDATE: I met Ryan Gelatin at the SPACE show and he is far from being an uncool perv. I checked out his comic and it was not He-Man porn at all. Check out his work if you have a chance.]
The Gene Siskel Memorial Movie Review award: The kid who, unasked, shared with Tom his thoughts on the Star Wars prequel. “Now the third one was almost the perfect movie.” Ouch.
The Gotta Collect Them All award: The guy who after telling Craig that his book “looked cool, but isn’t my sort of thing,” proceeded to tell him all about his Marvel Superhero toy collecting adventures.
The Wasn’t Lobot a Mute award: The guys, one book store manager in particular, who wear those stupid phones that clip to your ears. Lando’s buddy never talked. He was a lot cooler.
The Ron Popeil Spiel award: Steve Black. Perfecting a great sales technique by offering a new sketchbook exclusively at the show and reminding the consumers that he was in from San Francisco. People jumped at his beautiful book.
The Tammy Wynette Stand by Your Man award: Angie for supporting Steve in his endeavors at the show.
The Don’t Cross the Streams award: The guys in the Ghostbusters garb. They learned their lesson from last year and ditched the jump suits (which caused them to sweat a river last year) and went with T-shirts instead. Still had the proton packs though.
The Cameo of the Con award: Dan Barlow. Good of you to stop by, Dan. Good luck with school.
Feel free to post your nominations in the comments. Look for the SPACE Bankies next week.